A watercolor by Paul Cezanne is among the recent acquisitions of the Cleveland Museum of Art.
“Path in the woods” depicts a forest path at Jas de Bouffan, an estate that Cézanne inherited from his father.
According to a CMA press release, “(Cézanne) used selective strokes of watercolor from a limited palette to suggest light and shadow, and allowed graphite work in combination with the whiteness of the paper to construct the image. The result is a seemingly unfinished work that was in fact carefully rendered through a process that allowed no revision.
The museum has three paintings and several drawings and prints by the Post-Impressionist artist, this is the first watercolor by Cézanne in its collection, and it will be included in the exhibition and publication “19th Century French Drawings at the Cleveland Museum of Art“, which opens today and will be on display until April 30, 2023.
Other additions to the permanent collection include: “Broken Men Standing” a mixed media work by Rashid Johnson and three sculptures from the series by Melvin Edwards “Fragments of Lynch.” Both build on the CMA’s commitment to diversifying its collections.
With a fractured figure staring wide-eyed at the center of a frenetic mosaic, “Broken Men Standing” can be interpreted as “a poignant reflection on the time it was made, defined by a global pandemic and a heightened awareness of racial inequality”, according to the museum.
“Long term,” “One Lusaka” and “Milik” are part of the ongoing series, “Fragments of Lynch”, which Edwards began in 1963. The title of the series reflects Edwards’ desire to encourage consideration of the violence and destruction wrought by racism in and beyond American society.