An original lithograph after Paul Cezanne printed in nine colours. The lithograph was drawn on the stone by Auguste Clot and taken from a maquette and supervised by Cézanne, in 1898. The edition size was 100 impressions and was eventually printed at the studio of Clot in Paris in 1914. It is thought that the lithograph was commissioned by Ambroise Vollard, probably for the third but unpublished ‘Album d’Estampes de la Galerie Vollard‘, c.1900.
The print is on off-white chine volant paper. This print has been torn and has been professionally repaired and laid onto japon tissue. With full margins as issued – 1/4 to 3/4 inch at top and foot, 1 1/2 ins at sides. With the irregular sheet edges as issued.
Image overall: 13 x 15 ins (330x380mm)
‘Le Déjeuner sur L’Herbe’ was the last of the four lithographs which Ambroise Vollard commissioned from Cézanne at the end of the 1890’s, and which comprise the whole of his oeuvre in the medium. It was probably Vollard’s original idea to include this lithograph in a proposed album of prints which he was planning in c.1900 but which, in fact, never came to fruition. Lithographs like ‘La Charette’ by Guillaumin and ‘Les Jockeys’ by Degas are other instances of works probably intended for the same album.
Whereas Cézanne had himself drawn the black stones and directly supervised the colour work in the lithographs of ‘The Bathers’, and may perhaps have intended colours for the ‘Self Portrait’, in the case of the ‘Déjeuner sur l’Herbe’ Vollard arranged that the master-printer Clot, at whose studio Cézanne had worked for the other lithographs, should work from a watercolour maquette prepared by Cézanne, who would then approve the lithographic work. Clot was one of the greatest master-lithographers of the era and he interpreted to perfection the structure and the tonality which Cézanne required.