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Paul Cézanne (18391906)   The Abduction  Oil on canvas, 1867   89.5 x 115.5 cm (35 1/4 x 45 1/2
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Title: The Abduction
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Paul Cézanne (18391906)
The Abduction
Oil on canvas, 1867
89.5 x 115.5 cm (35 1/4 x 45 1/2")
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK

Abduction, rape, and murder: these are themes that tormented Cézanne. Abduction (c. 1867, 90 x 117 cm (35 x 46 in)), an early work full of dark miseries, is impressive largely for its turgid force, held barely under his control. These figure paintings are the most difficult to enter into: they are sinister, with passion in turmoil just beneath the surface.

Cézanne's late studies of the human body are most rewarding, his figures often depicted as bathers merging with the landscape in a sunlit lightness. This became a favorite theme for Cézanne and he made a whole series of pictures on the subject. This mature work is dictated by an objectivity that is profoundly moving for all its seeming emotional detachment.

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Paul Cézanne (18391906)   The Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses)   Oil on canvas, 	1898-1905  210.5 cm × 250.8 cm (82 7/8 in × 98 3/4 in)  Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, United StatesPaul Cézanne (18391906)   The Abduction  Oil on canvas, 1867   89.5 x 115.5 cm (35 1/4 x 45 1/2Paul Cézanne (18391906)  Bather  Oil on canvas, 1885-1887  97 × 127 cm (38.19 × 50.00 in)  Museum of Modern Art, Manhattan, New York, USA
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