Catalogue: Sketchbooks

About the Sketchbooks

There are nineteen sketchbooks by Cezanne organized here from smallest to largest. 

Each sketchbook has been given a master number (starting with FWN 3000), and each page linked to that sketchbook has a corresponding number based on the known or suggested sequence of the sheets. FWN 3019 is a listing of unassigned sketchbook sheets.

In addition, each sheet has been given an "a" or a "b" following the number. The "a" side is most often the page that was paginated by the artist's son; the "b" side is the verso of the same sheet. Some sketchbooks are unpaginated and their correct sequence undetermined. The authors have therefore adopted the order of the pages based on the 2017 exhibition catalgoue of Cezanne's sketchbooks (Kunsthalle Basel) and working in tandem with Fabienne Ruppen.

Click on a sketchbook below to be taken to the master page with all the vital details for that sketchbook.

From there you can navigate to the individual sheets using the ← and  links under the thumbnail images. On any sketchbook page you will also see a tab labeled sketchbook, where you will be able to navigate the full sketchbook more easily. By clicking on this icon  you will open a virtual view of that sketchbook, with spreads layed out full-screen for you to scroll through.

Since each page is oriented as it appears in the sketchbook, the images can be rotated by clicking on the magnifying icon and using the rotation icon at the top right.

Sketchbook pages that have been omitted from Cezanne’s oeuvre have been examined by the authors and are, in their opinion, executed by another hand. These pages are shown in the context of the entire sketchbook, but they do not have an FWN number. 

To view a complete list of all individual sketchbook pages click here.

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Sketchbook Violet Moiré (CVM)
c.1890–94 (3000)
Collection Private collection
Sketchbook 10.3 x 17
1863–1865, 1869–1873 (3001)
Collection Kunstmuseum Basel, Kupferstichkabinett (and others)
Sketchbook Philadelphia I
1882–90 (3002)
Collection Philadelphia Museum of Art (and others)
Collection Various owners
Early Sketchbook
1857–75 (3004)
Collection Various owners
Sketchbook Basel II
1880–83, after 1900 (3005)
Collection Kunstmuseum Basel, Kupferstichkabinett (and others)
Sketchbook Chicago
1875–86 (3006)
Collection The Art Institute of Chicago (and others)
Sketchbook Basel III
1878–1881 and 1897–1900 (3007)
Collection Kunstmuseum Basel, Kupferstichkabinett (and others)
Collection Various owners
Sketchbook New York
1875–85 (3009)
Collection The Morgan Library & Museum, New York (and others)
Sketchbook Philadelphia II
1872–95 (3010)
Collection Philadelphia Museum of Art (and others)
Sketchbook Basel I
1879–1900 (3011)
Collection Kunstmuseum Basel, Kupferstichkabinett (and others)
Collection Various owners
Sketchbook Paris II
1888–92 (3013)
Collection Musée d'Orsay, held in the Musée du Louvre, département des arts graphiques, Paris
Sketchbook Paris I
1857–1871 (3014)
Collection Musée d'Orsay, held in the Musée du Louvre, département des arts graphiques, Paris (and others)
Sketchbook Washington
c.1877–1900 (3015)
Collection National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (and others)
Sketchbook Jerusalem
1857–60 (3016)
Collection Israel Museum, Jerusalem (and others)
Sketchbook 18 x 24
1861–80 (3017)
Collection Kunstmuseum Basel, Kupferstichkabinett (and others)
Sketchbook Chappuis IV (CP IV)
1881; 1884–1900 (3018)
Collection Various owners
Collection Various owners
Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Feilchenfeldt, Walter, Jayne Warman, and David Nash. "Catalogue: Sketchbooks." The Paintings, Watercolors and Drawings of Paul Cezanne: An Online Catalogue Raisonné. http://www.cezannecatalogue.com/catalogue/index.php?indexType=Sketchbook (accessed on June 16, 2019).