This exhibition celebrates an extraordinary collection of drawings and prints by Paul Cézanne (1839–1906).
The works, which have been gifted and placed on long-term loan to the Whitworth, mean that the gallery now holds the best collection of Cézanne works on paper in the UK, including a version of every print produced by the artist.
Cézanne is widely considered to be one of the most influential artists of the 19th century, described by both Matisse and Picasso as ‘the father of us all’. Renowned for his accomplished approach to building form with colour, the exhibition places focus on his drawings and prints, revealing Cézanne to be a draughtsman of great range and complexity.
His lively, deeply personal drawings were never exhibited during his lifetime and were barely mentioned in his correspondence, only being discovered after his death. This exhibition is the first in the UK since 1973 to focus exclusively on Cézanne’s drawings and prints, giving new insight into the complexity of his artistic practice and his dedication to overcoming his artistic limitations through careful study of the Old Masters. A portrait of Cézanne by the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro is also on display.