Newly discovered Cézanne sketches debut at the Barnes [photos]

Two unfinished sketches by Paul Cézanne, discovered during paper conservation treatment, will be on display at the Barnes Foundation through May 18.

The two landscapes, sketched on the backs of paintings in the Barnes collection, came to light as conservators removed acidic backing paper from “The Chaine de l’Etoile Mountains” and “Trees.” One depicts in graphite a specific landscape in southern France. The other, in graphite with a watercolor wash, features a less distinctive wooded landscape.

Dr. Albert Barnes purchased the paintings in 1921 from the collection of Leo and Gertrude Stein. They are displayed so that visitors can see both sides.

The sketches do not relate directly to any known Cézanne paintings and amount to “visual note taking,” said consulting curator Martha Lucy. “It reminds you how messy the creative process can be.”

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