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Femme nue
Before 1870
Alternate titles: J. Femme nue; La Femme à la puce; La Femme du vidangeur
Rewald: (140) Before 1870; Rivière: 1865
51 3/16 x 63 13/16 in. (130 x 162 cm)



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Exhibition History

1889 Copenhagen: Kunstforeningen (Copenhagen Art Society), Scandinavian and French Impressionists, lent by Gauguin, excluded from the hall.

Published References

Gauguin 1888a: Sketchbook, p. 5 (as size 100), J. Femme nue, list datable c. Jan. 1888.
Rivière 1923: Le Maître Paul Cézanne, p. 197, La Femme à la puce.
Bodelsen 1962: "Gauguin's Cézannes," pp. 208–09.
Bodelsen 1964: Gauguin's Ceramics, p. 213, note 12.
Bodelsen 1968b: "Early Impressionist Sales 1874–94 in the Light of Some Unpublished 'Procès-Verbaux'," pp. 86–88.
Bodelsen 1970b: "Gauguin the Collector," p. 605, no. 4.
Rewald 1996: The Paintings of Paul Cézanne, A Catalogue Raisonné, 2 vols., no. 140, Femme nue.


The painting appeared in a caricature by Stock of two of Cézanne's paintings (the other was the portrait of Emperaire, Portrait du peintre Achille Emperaire, 1867–68 (423)) that were rejected in the 1870 Salon.  The painting was described in detail by the Danish critic Karl Madsen in 1889 in an exhibition catalogue [see exhibition list], although the canvas was not shown "in due respect to Copenhagen's state of absolute innocence. It is neither a particularly attractive nor a particularly good picture, and its absence cannot be described as a loss.  The elderly woman displays the sad ruins of her charms stretched on a dazzling white sheet, one hand grasping a folded fan; cloth of a dull vermillion is draped over a chair; in a corner on the black wall hangs a small picture.... The color of the figure is reminiscent of the dregs of a bad claret.... The painting is remarkable only in its brushwork, which with its violent energy and arough swirling contour seeks to give the impression of the greatness and force of a master hand...." (quoted in Rewald, 1996, pp/ 119–20)

Caricature by Stock
Page citation: Feilchenfeldt, Walter, Jayne Warman, and David Nash. "Femme nue, Before 1870 (cat. no. 595-TA)." The Paintings of Paul Cézanne: An Online Catalogue Raisonné. (accessed September 22, 2018).
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