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The Bath

The Bath

c. 1900
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

Bracquemond drew extensively and promoted the medium as the source of all artistic practice.


This drawing relates to Félix Bracquemond’s interest in integrating various artistic techniques, a practice that became increasingly common around 1900. With a range of black and white media, the artist depicted a nude in a forest pool. Faint gridding was used to transfer the image either to or from a similar enamel and a print. An important part of this working process, the drawing was included in both of the major exhibitions of Bracquemond’s oeuvre during his life. From one of these displays, in 1907, Bracquemond sold it to Parisian collector Alfred Beurdeley, who acquired hundreds of drawings with the aim of representing the art of his time.
  • by 1907-1919
    Alfred Beurdeley [1847-1919, Lugt 421], Paris
    (his ninth sale, November 30 and December 2, 1920, no. 50, sold to Boutet)
    by 1979-1980
    Noah Butkin [1918-1980], Shaker Heights, OH, bequeathed to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
    Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Œuvres de Bracquemond. Exh. cat. Paris: Société nationale des beaux-arts, 1907. Mentioned: p. 3, no. 33
    Catalogue de l’exposition de gravures, exécutées par M. Félix Bracquemond et Sir F. Seymour Haden. Paris: Hôtel des Modes, 1909. Mentioned: p. 16, no. 274
    Catalogue des dessins, pastels, aquarelles modernes [. . .] composant la collection de M. A. Beurdeley (première vente). Paris: Galerie Georges Petit, 1920. Mentioned: p. 13, no. 50
    Bouillon, Jean-Paul. "An Artistic Collaboration: Bracquemond and Baron Vitta." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 66, no. 8 (Nov. 1979): 311-19. Mentioned: p. 319n17; Reproduced: p. 315, fig. 7
    Lee, Sherman E. "The Year in Review for 1980." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 68, no. 6 (June 1981): 163-219. Mentioned: pp. 182, 215; Reproduced: p. 181
    Bouillon, Jean-Paul. Félix Bracquemond et les arts décoratifs, du japonisme à l’Art nouveau. Exh. cat. Limoges: Musée National Adrien-Dubouché, 2005. Mentioned: p. 199
  • Nineteenth-Century French Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (January 20-April 30, 2023).
    Year in Review: 1980. The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (June 24-July 19, 1981).
    Exposition de gravures exécutées par M. Félix Bracquemond et Sir F. Seymour Haden. Hôtel des modes, Paris (February 1909).
    Œuvres de Bracquemond (Salon de 1907). Société nationale des beaux-arts, Paris (1907).
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