From the Collection: Bathers

Bathers: from idyllic glen to public beach is a new installation on view at the Mead Art Museum featuring this Cézanne print from the Mead collection, The Large Bathers, one of more than twenty similarly themed works produced by the artist during his lifetime.

Cézanne’s painting with the same name, below, temporarily hangs in the Philadelphia Museum of Art as a prominent feature of the anticipated exhibition Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia, on view now through September 3.

Both shows deliver beautiful visions of bathers, bare bodies surrounded by water and sunshine, and are totally apropos of summertime.

I’ve had bathers and beaches on my mind since before the official start of summer, when I visited New York last month and saw this beautiful rendering of Cézanne’s bathers featured in the (now closed) traveling exhibition The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde:

As the summer heat intensifies, I hope to spend my weekends in settings such as these. Until next time, I leave you with this beautiful watercolor drawing by American Artist John La Farge, suitably titled The Bathers.

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