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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Paul Cézanne, French (Aix-en-Provence 1839 - 1906 Aix-en-Provence)
Plaster Cupid
Other Titles
Alternate Title: L'Amour en plâtre
Former Title: L'amour de Puget
Former Title: Putto
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Graphite on cream modern laid paper
50.5 × 31.6 cm (19 7/8 × 12 7/16 in.)
mat: 65.6 × 49.2 cm (25 13/16 × 19 3/8 in.)
frame: 76.5 × 60.2 × 4.1 cm (30 1/8 × 23 11/16 × 1 5/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • watermark: VIDALON
  • inscription: top of backing board, black stencil: III8
  • inscription: verso of frame, top left, on tape, red ink: SOLOMON PUTTO CEZANNE
  • label: verso, upper left of frame, partial, obscured by tape and torn: THANN
  • label: backing board, upper left, two layered: CEZANNE Nr. 93 / PUTTO / 30:42 / Ph. Nr.
  • stamp: verso, upper right, black ink: [round, illegible]
  • label: backing board, right, square with serrated edges and round design, punctured : [illegible black stamp over laid]
  • label: backingboard, right: [printed:] THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO / SHIPPING ROOM / CONDITION OF CONTENTS [blue crayon:] 1/14/52 / 22 [encircled] 2P / [printed:] DATE / R. O. No. / Box No. / REG. No. / No. of ITEMS / SIGNED BY / 1000 1-45 [black crayon?:] F.7 [?] / [printed:] THE ITEMS CHECKED BELOW WERE DAM- / AGED AS NOTED / SCULPTURE / CANVAS / FRAME [black crayon?:] CORNERS OPEN / [printed:] GLASS
  • stamp: backing board, near Art Institute label, black ink: [round, illegible text]
  • inscription: backingboard, left center, black crayon: 52 / 37
  • inscription: backing board, left center, black crayon: #403 [encircled]
  • inscription: upper left corner of backing board, black crayon: 39 [underlined]
  • label: upper left of backing board: [printed:] EXPOSITION PAUL CEZANNE / [black ink:] L'amour de Puget / [illegible text] [printed:] 46 [black ink:] Thannhauser / [illegible text] / 1459
  • label: backing board, lower center: [printed:] BRANDEIS / UNIVERSITY / [black ink:] F anew [?] / [printed:] To [typewritten:] Mr. Arthur K. Solomon / 27 Craigie Street / Cambridge, Mass. / [printed:] CONTENTS MERCHANDISE RETURN REQUESTED / [side:] WALTHAM 54 MASSACHUSETTS
  • label: backing board, lower left: [printed:] GALERIE THANNHAUSER / [partially obscured by strip of paper] [red ink:] Cezanne "Putto" [illegible?] / [printed:] No. [red ink:] 374 / 30:40 O [illegible text] 307
  • label: verso, lower left of frame, serrated edges, black ink: No 475
  • label: backing board, bottom center: [torn and obscured]
  • label: backing board, center right: [printed:] S. E. No. [typewritten:] 2396.1 / [printed:] MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS / BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS / SPEICAL LOAN EXHIBITION / OF / [typewritten:] Peter Bent Brigham Tour / [printed:] Title [typewritten:] Still Life with Plaster Cast 1888-95 / [printed:] Artist [typewritten:] Paul Cezanne / [printed:] Owner [typewritten:] Dr. & Mrs. Arthur K. Solomon / [printed:] Address [typewritten:] 27 Craigie St. / Cambridge, Mass
  • label: backing board, lower left, square with serrated edges and round design, punctured: [blank]
  • label: verso of frame, lower right corner, partial, serrated edge: [illegible]


Recorded Ownership History
Jenn Thiis, Oslo, sold; to [Galerie Rosengart, Lucerne, 1929 until at least 1936]. [1] [Galerie Thannhauser, Lucerne and Paris, by 1936 until at least 1939], [2] sold; to Arthur K. Solomon, by 1941; the Arthur K. and Mariot F. Solomon Trust, bequest; to Harvard Art Museums, 2021

[1] Galerie Rosengart is listed as the owner in both the 1935 and 1936 exhibitions. Justin Thannhauser and Siegfried Rosengart were cousins and together ran both Galerie Rosengart and Galerie Thannhauser. In 1937, their partnership disbanded.
[2] Thannhauser, Lucerne is listed as the owner in Venturi 1936 and Thannhauser, Lucerne is listed as lender in the 1939 exhibition

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Arthur K. and Mariot F. Solomon Collection
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, No. FWN 2161-TA,, accessed April 14, 2021
  • Meisterzeichnungen französischer Künstler von Ingres bis Cézanne, exh. cat., Kunsthalle Basel (Basel, 1935), p. 26, cat. no. 184
  • Lionello Venturi, Cézanne, son art, son oeuvre, P. Rosenberg (Paris, 1936), Vol. I, p. 322, cat. no. 1459; Vol. II, repr. as plate 374
  • Paul Cézanne, exh. cat., Kunsthalle Basel (Basel, 1936), cat. no 170
  • Catalogue de la 50e exposition: centenaire du peintre independant Paul Cezanne, exh. cat., Société des Artistes Indépendants (Paris, France, 1939), p. 11, cat. no. 46
  • Centenaire de Paul Cézanne, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (Lyon, 1939), p. 3, cat. no. 72
  • Cézanne: Paintings, Watercolors and Drawings, exh. cat., The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, 1952), p. 81, cat. no. 93
  • Gertrude Berthold, Cézanne und die alten Meister: Die Bedeutung der Zeichnungen Cézannes nach Werken anderer Künstler, W. Kohlhammer (Stuttgart, 1958), pp. 21, 99, no. 139, repr.
  • Boston Collects Modern Art, exh. cat., Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University (Waltham, MA, 1964), cat. no. 15
  • Adrien Chappuis, The Drawings of Paul Cézanne: A Catalogue Raisonné, New York Graphic Society Ltd. (Greenwich, CT, 1973), Vol. I, p.229, no. 987

Exhibition History

  • Meisterzeichnungen französischer Künstler von Ingres bis Cézanne, Kunsthalle Basel, 06/29/1935 - 08/18/1935
  • Paul Cézanne, Kunsthalle Basel, 08/30/1936 - 10/12/1936
  • Centenaire du peintre independant Paul Cezanne, Grand Palais, Paris, 03/17/1939 - 04/10/1939
  • Centenaire de Paul Cézanne, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, 05/07/1939 - 06/18/1939
  • Cézanne: Paintings, Watercolors and Drawings, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 02/07/1952 - 03/16/1952; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 04/11/1952 - 05/18/1952
  • Boston Collects Modern Art, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, 05/24/1964 - 06/14/1964

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