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La Moisson
c. 1877
Alternate titles: Die Schnitter; Landschaft mit Schnittern; Les Moissonneurs
Rewald: (301) c.1877; Venturi: (249) 1875–76; Venturi revised: c.1877; Cézanne fils: Pontoise 1881; Rivière: 1877; Cooper: 1877 (Burlington); Gowing: 1877–78 (Burlington)
Oil on canvas
18 x 21 11/16 in. (45.7 x 55.2 cm)
Vollard archives: photo no. 196, Annotated by Cézanne's son: Pontoise 1881
Private collection, Japan

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Exhibition History

1905b Paris: Grand Palais, Salon d'Automne, no. 317, Les Moissonneurs.
1912 London: Grafton Galleries, Second Post-Impressionist Exhibition, no. 5, Les Moissonneurs, lent by Gustave [sic] Bernheim, not for sale.
1926b Paris: Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Rétrospective Paul Cézanne, no. 56, Les Moissonneurs, lent by Bernheim-Jeune.
1931a Paris: Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Cézanne
1934 Glasgow: McLellan Gallery, French Painting in the XIXth Century, no. 4.
1934b London: Alex Reid & Lefevre, Renoir, Cézanne and Their Contemporaries, no. 1, Les Moissonneurs.
1938b Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum, Honderd Jaar Fransche Kunst, no. 12, Les Moissonneurs, lent by Gaston B. de V.
1956 Zürich: Kunsthaus, Paul Cézanne, no. 26, lent by Private collection, Switzerland.
1966 Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C, French Paintings from the Collections of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon and Mrs. Mellon Bruce, no. 68, ill.
1986 Tokyo and traveling: Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo, Cézanne, no. 9, ill, lent by private collection.

Published References

van Gogh 1888: "Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written on 12 or 13 June 1888 in Arles, no. 624," p. 124, fig. 6 .
Meier-Graefe 1907: Impressionisten, p. 196, ill.
Meier-Graefe 1910: Paul Cézanne, 3rd ed, p. 65, ill.
Meier-Graefe 1913: Paul Cézanne, p. 67, ill.
New York Times 1913: "A Private Collection in Germany That Contains Fourteen Examples of the Art of Paul Cézanne, a Great Modern, Who Already Is Placed with the Old Masters, in Darmstadt," p. 15, mentioned.
Bernheim-Jeune 1914: Cézanne, pl. XVI.
Vollard 1914: Paul Cézanne, p. 147.
Meier-Graefe 1918a: Cézanne und sein Kreis. Ein Beitrag zur Entwicklungsgeschichte mit 127 Tonätzungen und fünfzehn Heliogravüren, p. 120, ill.
Bernheim-Jeune 1919: L'Art moderne et quelques aspects de l'art d'autrefois, 2 vols, pl. 30.
Meier-Graefe 1920a: Cézanne und sein Kreis. Ein Beitrag zur Entwicklungsgeschichte, p. 120, ill.
Friedländer 1922: "Über Paul Cézanne," p. 144, ill, Die Schnitter.
Meier-Graefe 1922: Cézanne und sein Kreis, p. 151, ill.
Meier-Graefe 1923: Paul Cézanne, 5th ed., p. 67, ill.
Rivière 1923: Le Maître Paul Cézanne, p. 204, listed.
Goulinat 1925: "Technique picturale: L'Evolution du métier de Cézanne," p. 22, ill.
Charensol 1926: "Les Détracteurs de Cézanne," p. 496, ill.
Pfister 1927: Cézanne: Gestalt, Werk, Mythos, fig. 57, Landschaft mit Schnittern, c. 1880.
Meier-Graefe 1927a: Cézanne, pl. XXXI.
Gasquet 1930a: Cézanne: 24 Phototypies, ill.
Guenne 1931: "Chronique artistique: Une rétrospective Cézanne," p. 253, ill.
Fry 1934: "An Exhibition of French Painting," p. 35, ill.
Zervos 1934: "Renoir, Cézanne, leurs contemporains et la jeune peintre anglaise," p. 127, ill.
Venturi 1936b: Cézanne: Son Art, Son Oeuvre, 2 vols., no. 249, ill. vol. II, La Moisson.
Huyghe 1936c: Cézanne, pl. 40.
Benesch 1937: "Cézanne," p. 71, ill.
Bell 1950: "How England Met Modern Art," p. 26, ill.
Guerry 1950: Cézanne et l'expression de l'espace, fig. 7.
Cooper 1954a: "Two Cézanne Exhibitions," p. 346.
Bodelsen 1962: "Gauguin's Cézannes," p. 211, fig. 45.
Delage 1963: "Chabrier et ses amis impressionnistes," p. 20, ill.
Guerry 1966: Cézanne et l'expression de l'espace, pl. 14.
Andersen 1967a: "Cézanne, Tanguy, Choquet [sic]," p. 139.
Bodelsen 1968a: Gauguin og Impressionisterne, pp. 90–92, ill.
Bodelsen 1968b: "Early Impressionist Sales 1874–94 in the Light of Some Unpublished 'Procès-Verbaux'," pp. 345–46.
Roskill 1970: Van Gogh, Gauguin and the Impressionist Circle, p. 16, pl. 6.
Bodelsen 1970b: "Gauguin the Collector," pp. 605–06, no. 5, fig. 45.
Ponente 1981: Cézanne e le avanguardie, Lux: pl. 5, 8.
Pickvance and Takumi 1986: Cézanne, p. 35, pl. 9.
Rewald 1989: Cézanne and America: Dealers, Collectors, Artists and Critics, 1891–1921, p. 219, fig. 107.
Verdi 1990: Cézanne and Poussin: The Classical Vision of Landscape, pp. 47–48, fig. 6.
Kendall 1993a: Cézanne & Poussin: A Symposium, pl. 25.
Rewald 1996: The Paintings of Paul Cézanne, A Catalogue Raisonné, 2 vols., no. 301, ill. vol. 2, La Moisson.
Athanassoglou-Kallmyer 2003: Cézanne and Provence, The Painter in His Culture, p. 204, fig. 5.16, La Moisson.
Coutagne 2004: "The Jas de Bouffan Landscapes," fig. 88, ill. in color.
Colrat 2013: Cézanne: Joindre les mains errantes de la nature, p. 229, pl. 108.


Gauguin, who owned the work, copied the motif onto a fan (before 1884) and incised it on a ceramic vase (winter 1886-87).  He probably left the picture with the dealer Alphone Portier (54, rue Lepic) when he went to Martinique in sping 1887.  Van Gogh saw the work at Portier's and wrote about it to his brother Théo.  Bodelsen thinks the work was taken from Poussin's L'Été (Louvre)

Nicholas Poussin, L'Été , circa 1660–64. Musée du Louvre, Paris
Page citation: Feilchenfeldt, Walter, Jayne Warman, and David Nash. "La Moisson, c. 1877 (cat. no. 651)." The Paintings of Paul Cézanne: An Online Catalogue Raisonné. (accessed July 18, 2018).
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