Lion's Head
Page 30 (recto) from Sketchbook I

Paul Cézanne, French, 1839 - 1906. After a sculpture by Antoine-Louis Barye, French, 1796 - 1875.

Geography:
Made in France, Europe

Date:
1882-1890

Medium:
Graphite pencil on wove paper

Dimensions:
Sheet: 4 9/16 x 6 7/16 inches (11.6 x 16.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1987-53-25a

Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Annenberg, 1987

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  • PublicationPaul C

    Cézanne's position is so close to the subject of this drawing, and his reduction of its forms to a pattern of curving lines and patches of shading so extreme, that it is not at first recognizable, and has not in fact been identified previously. As [a] photograph of the work itself and his own more easily recognizable copy in Sketchbook II (see Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1987-53-69b), show, this drawing reproduces the lion's face and right paw of Antoine-Louise Barye's sculptural group Lion and Serpent. Now in the Louvre, it was before 1911 in the Tuileries Gardens; after 1886 a plaster cast was also on view in the Musée de Sculpture Comparée. Theodore Reff, from Paul Cézanne: Two Sketchbooks (1989), p. 91.