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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
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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


Recorded Ownership History
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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