August 2019

Cézanne at the Whitworth

The Whitworth is set to host an extraordinary collection of drawings and prints by Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) that has been gifted and placed on long-term loan to the Mancunian art gallery by collector, gallerist, author and publisher Karsten Schubert.

This important act of generosity means that the Whitworth now holds the best collection of Cézanne works on paper in the United Kingdom, including a version of every print produced by the artist. These works will significantly expand the research potential of the Whitworth’s important collection of late nineteenth-century French and Dutch drawings by artists including Van Gogh, Seurat and Gauguin.

Cézanne is widely considered to be one of the most influential artists of the nineteenth century, described by both Matisse and Picasso as ‘the father of us all’. Renowned for his accomplished approach to building form with colour, this exhibition will place focus on his drawings and prints, revealing Cézanne to be a draughtsman of great range and complexity. His lively, deeply personal drawings were never exhibited during his lifetime and were barely mentioned in his correspondence, only being discovered after his death.

An exhibition catalogue published by Ridinghouse in association with the Whitworth accompanies the show. It includes a lead essay by renowned Impressionist scholar Richard Thomson on the significance of the loans to the Whitworth’s collection of nineteenth-century drawings and contributions by Elizabeth Cowling, Yuval Etgar, Rosalind McKever, Karsten Schubert, Colin Wiggins and Edward Wouk.

Cézanne’s work will be on exhibit from 24 August 2019 to 01 March 2020.