Arts news: Cézanne at The Whitworth

An extraordinary collection of drawings and prints by Paul Cézanne (1839 – 1906) are to be exhibited at The Whitworth, Manchester, from 24 August 2019 to 1 March 2020.

Paul Cézanne, Self Portrait (c. 1895-96), lithograph. Presented to the Whitworth by Karsten Schubert in 2019.

Gifted and place on long-term loan to the Whitworth by gallerist, collector, author and publisher Karsten Schubert,  this means that the Whitworth now impressively holds the best collection of Cézanne works on paper in the United Kingdom.

Cézanne is considered to be one of the most influential artists of the nineteenth century, no mean feat to be described by both Matisse and Picasso as ‘the father of us all’. 

Whilst renowned for his approach to building form with colour, this exhibition focuses on drawings and prints, highlighting the artist’s wider range. Interestingly (but not  unusually), Cézanne’s work was never exhibited in his lifetime, but only discovered after his death.

Paul Cézanne, The Bathers (Large Plate), (1896-97), colour lithograph. Presented to the Whitworth by Karsten Schubert in 2019.


Paul Cézanne, Paul Guillaumin Au Pendu (1873). etching. Presented to the Whitworth by Karsten Schubert in 2019.

These works significantly expands the Whitworth’s collection of late nineteenth-century French and Dutch drawings by artists including Van Gogh, Suerat, Gaugin and Pissarro – whose portrait of Cézanne’s will be displayed as part of this exhibition.

The Whitworth itself reopened to the public in 2015 after a major £17 million redevelopment. Since then, it has seen over one million visitors passing through its impressive doors and houses over 55,000 works of art.

If you haven’t already been, head over to this fantastic space in our city and make the Cézanne exhibition your first visit of what is sure to be many.

If you have, then well you’ll know. And I’ll see you there.

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