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Jun 3–5, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

See Cézanne Drawing this summer

Jun 6–Sep 25

This once-in-a-generation exhibition reveals how drawing shaped Paul Cézanne’s transformative vision through rarely shown works in pencil and watercolor, along with key paintings. These vibrant still lifes, intimate portraits, and prismatic landscapes are only on view this summer at MoMA—don’t miss out.

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Best known as a painter, Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) produced some of his most radically original works on paper. Cézanne Drawing brings together more than 250 rarely seen works in pencil and kaleidoscopic watercolor from across the artist’s career, along with key paintings, that together reveal how drawing shaped Cézanne’s transformative modern vision.

“Drawing is merely the configuration of what you see,” Cézanne wrote, and his practice of drawing, he believed, taught him “to see well.” Encouraging such close looking, Cézanne Drawing offers the opportunity to see through Cézanne’s eyes.

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Leadership support for the exhibition is provided by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Ronald S. and Jo Carole Lauder, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, The Halvorsen Family Foundation, and Monique M. Schoen Warshaw.

Generous funding is provided by the Eyal and Marilyn Ofer Family Foundation, the Robert Lehman Foundation, the Dian Woodner Exhibition Endowment Fund, and Emily Rauh Pulitzer.

Special thanks to William L. Bernhard and the late Catherine Cahill, Andreas Dracopoulos, Jack Shear, Anne Hendricks Bass Foundation, Ann R. Kinney in Memory of Gilbert H. Kinney, and John Wilmerding for their gifts to the International Council in support of the exhibition.

Major support for the publication is provided by the Jo Carole Lauder Publications Fund of The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art.

Images, from the top: All works by Paul Cézanne. Forest Landscape (Intérieur de forêt) (detail). 1904–06. Pencil and watercolor on paper, 18 5/8 × 23 5/8" (47.3 × 60 cm). Private collection; Foliage (Étude de feuillage). 1900–04. Watercolor and pencil on wove paper, 17 5/8 × 22 3/8″ (44.8 × 56.8 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Lillie P. Bliss Collection. Photo © 2021 MoMA, NY; Still Life with Blue Pot. 1900-06. Pencil and watercolor on paper, 18 15/16 × 24 7/8″ (48.1 × 63.2 cm). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Cézanne Drawing is organized by Jodi Hauptman, Senior Curator, and Samantha Friedman, Associate Curator, with Kiko Aebi, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints. To explore more, including the exhibition catalogue and upcoming virtual programs, visit moma.org.

About Cézanne Drawing

Jun 6–Sep 25, 2021