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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Paul Cézanne, French (Aix-en-Provence 1839 - 1906 Aix-en-Provence)
Plaster Cupid
Other Titles
Former Title: Plaster Cast of a Putto
Alternate Title: Cupid in Plaster / L'Amour en Plâtre
Work Type
c. 1894-1895
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
44.5 × 30.8 cm (17 1/2 × 12 1/8 in.)
framed: 61.9 × 48.3 × 7.6 cm (24 3/8 × 19 × 3 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: stretcher bar, graphite: BF / 977 [Barnes Foundation number]
  • label: center of stretcher bar, handrwitten text: 2507-B [Bignou number] / 44-30
  • label: stretcher bar, red border, handwritten text: ANY / 325
  • inscription: stretcher bar, black ink?: A4367 [Knoedler inventory number]
  • gallery label: back of stretcher bar, printed text: A 4367 [Knoedler inventory number]
  • stamp: verso, lower half, lining: MADE IN FRANCE
  • stamp: verso, bottom stretcher bar: MADE IN FRANCE
  • stamp: verso, lower right stretcher bar: MADE IN FRANCE
Paul Cézanne, sold; to [Ambroise Vollard, Paris, between 1904 and 1907]. [Etienne Bignou, Paris, (? - 1939) sold]; to Barnes Foundation, Merion, PA, (1939-1950) exchanged; with [Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York, 1950-1951)] exchanged; with Frederick B. Deknatel (1951-1964), gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1964.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Frederick B. Deknatel
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

The Paintings, Watercolors and Drawings of Paul Cézanne: An Online Catalogue Raisonné, website, "L'Amour en plâtre, 1894-94 (cat. no. 689)," (accessed March 23, 2016)

Lionello Venturi, Cézanne, son art, son oeuvre, P. Rosenberg (Paris, 1936), vol. I, repr. no. 1609

W. Scott & Sons, Exhibition of Paintings by French Masters of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, exh. cat. (Montreal, 1937), cat. no. 11

Maurice Raynal, Modern Paintings: vol. I, from Baudelaire to Bonnard, Skira (Geneva, Switzerland, 1949), p. 49

Meyer Schapiro, Paul Cézanne, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1952)

John Rewald, Cézanne: A Biography, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1986), pp. 256-257

Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), no. 225, p. 196, repr. in b/w

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 102; repr. as no. 375

The Maurice Wertheim Collection and Selected Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings and Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1990), repr. in color no. 31, p. 93

John Rewald, The Paintings of Paul Cezanne: A Catalogue Raisonné, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1996), p. 472 as no. 784, repr. in Vol II as no. 784 on p. 270.

Terence Maloon, ed., Classic Cézanne, exh. cat., Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia, 1998), no. 64; p. 136; repr. in color p. 143

"The Object of Art Museums", Whose Muse? Art Museums and the Public Trust, ed. James Cuno, Princeton University Press/Harvard University Art Museums (Princeton, NJ / Cambridge, MA, 2004), pp. 49-75, p. 67, repr. as fig. 10

Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale, auct. cat., Christie's, New York (May 1, 2012), p. 48, under no. 6

Alexander Eiling, ed., Cézanne: Metamorphoses, exh. cat., Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe, 2017), cat. no. 73, repr. p. 268

Exhibition History

Paul Cézanne, Bignou Gallery, New York, 11/01/1936 - 12/31/1936

Cézanne, Detroit Institute of Arts, 01/01/1937 - 01/01/1937

Paintings by French Masters of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, W. Scott & Sons, 02/01/1937 - 02/01/1937

Cézanne, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, 09/23/1954 - 10/24/1954

Master Paintings from the Fogg Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/13/1977 - 08/31/1977

The Maurice Wertheim Collection and Selected Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings and Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, Isetan Department Store, Tokyo, 03/01/1990 - 04/10/1990; Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 04/14/1990 - 05/13/1990

Classic Cézanne, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 11/28/1998 - 02/28/1999

Modern Art at Harvard, Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, 07/31/1999 - 09/26/1999; Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, 10/09/1999 - 11/14/1999; Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya, 12/02/1999 - 12/27/1999; Oita City Museum, Oita, 01/06/2000 - 02/06/2000; Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki, Ibaraki, 02/11/2000 - 03/26/2000

Re-View: S427 Impressionist & Postimpressionist Art, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/02/2008 - 06/18/2011

32Q: 2700 Impressionism, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 04/12/2016 - 10/12/2016

Cézanne: Metamorphoses, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, 10/28/2017 - 02/11/2018

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