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1879, Cézanne, Standing Bather Seen from Behind

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Cézanne created more than two hundred paintings, drawings, lithographs, and watercolors of bathing fi gures. Scholars continue to debate whether this seemingly obsessive repetition indicates the artist's intention to suggest pagan nudity, or Christian baptism. Perhaps the images are devoid of narrative content altogether. This particular bather, based on a study in the Louvre of an ancient Roman statue of an orator, appears as the central figure in at least ten Cézanne paintings of groups of male bathers.
-from the gallery label of the Princeton University Art Museum

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1879
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Princeton University Art Museum
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