U[go]. Ojetti. "Cézanne." Corriere della Sera (July 10, 1920) [English translation published in Ref. Lorenzi 2007, p. 281].
A. Maraini. "La XII Biennale veneziana." Rassegna d'arte antica e moderna (1920) [English translation published in Ref. Lorenzi 2007, p. 283].
E[milio]. Cecchi. "La XII Esposizione internazionale a Venezia. La lezione di Cézanne." Il Convegno (July 1920) [English translation published in Ref. Lorenzi 2007, p. 285].
U. B. "All'Esposizione di Venezia. Cézanne e Matisse." La Stampa (July 18, 1920) [English translation published in Ref. Lorenzi 2007, p. 286].
C[ipriano]. E[fisio]. Oppo. "All'Esposizione Internazionale di Venezia. La piccola mostra di Cézanne." L'Idea Nazionale (May 23, 1920) [English translation published in Ref. Lorenzi 2007, p. 287].
A. Soffici. "Una sala di Cézanne." Il Resto del Carlino (July 8, 1920) [English translation published in Ref. Lorenzi 2007, p. 284].
Giorgio Castelfranco. La pittura moderna. Florence, 1934, pl. XXII, calls it "Bagnanti".
Lionello Venturi. Cézanne: son art—son oeuvre. Paris, 1936, vol. 1, p. 123, no. 265; vol. 2, pl. 70, no. 265, calls it "Baigneuses" and dates it 1873–77.
Leo Stein. Letter to Maurice Sterne. June 29, 1945 [published in "Journey into the Self, Being the Letters, Papers & Journals of Leo Stein," New York, 1950, p. 252], mentions seeing the French paintings exhibition in Florence [Exh. Florence 1945], where the only pictures he admired were the Cézannes from the Loeser collection, among them a charming "little figure composition" [Ref. Rewald 1989 tentatively identifies this as a reference to our painting].
Bernard Berenson in La peinture française à Florence. Exh. cat., Palazzo Pitti. Florence, 1945, p. 21, compares its figures to those in Luca Signorelli predella panels, noting that Cézanne had a cult-like fervor for Italian art.
H. R. de Simony in La Peinture Française à Florence. Exh. cat., Palazzo Pitti. Florence, 1945, p. 71, no. 125, pl. LXXXVII, notes that this picture and seven others by Cézanne were lent by Charles and Olga Loeser.
Rodolfo Pallucchini. Gli impressionisti alla XXIV Biennale di Venezia. [2nd ed.]. Venice, 1948, p. 44, no. 40, pl. 42.
Douglas Cooper. "Two Cézanne Exhibitions—I." Burlington Magazine 96 (November 1954), pp. 346, 349, dates it about 1875, based on its "comma-like brush-strokes," which are typical of this period.
Lawrence Gowing and Ronald Alley. An Exhibition of Paintings by Cézanne. Exh. cat., Royal Scottish Academy Building. Edinburgh, 1954, unpaginated, no. 14, compare it to "Jas de Bouffan" (State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; R278), noting that both are painted in a "silvery formal style which is perhaps a reflection of his admiration for the work of Veronese".
Lawrence Gowing. "Notes on the Development of Cézanne." Burlington Magazine 98 (June 1956), p. 187, discusses it in relation to Cézanne's "process of solidification," noting the "deliberate handling," the broken touch, and the silvery tone; contrasts these with "L'allée au Jas de Bouffan" (Tate Gallery, London; V47, R158).
Gertrude Berthold. Cezanne und die alten Meister. Stuttgart, 1958, pp. 38–40, fig. 35, calls it "Badende Frauen," formerly in the Loeser collection, Florence; discusses it in connection with Claude Joseph Vernet's "Bathers" (Musée du Louvre, Paris).
Melvin Waldfogel. "The Bathers of Paul Cézanne." PhD diss., Harvard University, 1961, vol. 1, pp. 15, 48–52, 56, 69, 73, 87, 111–12, 126, 136, 138–39, 174; vol. 2, pl. 28, calls it "Bathing Women in a Landscape," dates it 1876–78, and locates it in the Loeser collection, Florence; discusses Berthold's arguments concerning sources for this picture [see Ref. Berthold 1958]; groups it with "Impressionist" bathers of the 1870s, and traces its derivation from earlier works by Cézanne; considers it "the last 'plein-airistic Bathing Women' painted by Cézanne during the 1870s".
Theodore Reff. "Cézanne's Constructive Stroke." Art Quarterly 25 (Autumn 1962), pp. 215–16, dates it about 1875.
Melvin Waldfogel. "A Problem in Cézanne's Grandes Baigneuses." Burlington Magazine 104 (May 1962), p. 203 n. 2.
Kurt Badt. The Art of Cézanne. [German ed., 1956]. Berkeley, 1965, p. 167.
Jack Lindsay. Cézanne: His Life and Art. Greenwich, Conn., 1969, p. 347, tentatively dates it 1875.
Sandra Orienti in L'opera completa di Cézanne. [French ed., 1975; English ed., 1985]. Milan, 1970, p. 99, no. 282, ill., dates it 1873–77.
Theodore Reff in Cézanne: The Late Work. Ed. William Rubin. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. New York, 1977, p. 41, relates the standing figure at the center of this picture to a similarly posed figure in "The Temptation of Saint Anthony" (Foundation E. G. Bührle collection, Zurich; V103, R167), noting that Cézanne's earlier, nightmarish figural groupings gave way in the mid-seventies to "more idyllic, emotionally neutral" compositions such as this one.
Katia Tsiakma. "Cézanne's and Poussin's Nudes." Art Journal 37 (Winter 1977–78), p. 122, fig. 7, notes the influence of Poussin in this picture and compares the reclining figure to one in "Numa Pompilius and the Nymph Egeria," attributed to Poussin (Musée Condé, Chantilly).
Mary Louise Krumrine. "Cézanne's Bathers: Form and Content." Arts 54 (May 1980), p. 118, fig. 12, dates it about 1873–77; discusses the "tree-cross" as symbolic of the Garden of Eden and mentions its appearance in other works by Cézanne.
Richard Shiff. Cézanne and the End of Impressionism. Chicago, 1984, p. 114, fig. 23, dates it about 1875–76; calls it "'awkward''' and "artificial" and notes that the same brilliant yellow-green can be found in "View of Auvers" (Art Institute of Chicago; V150, R221).
Charles S. Moffett. Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1985, pp. 178–79, 253, ill. (color), remarks that the high-keyed palette as seen in this picture was "relatively short-lived".
John Rewald. Cézanne: A Biography. New York, 1986, p. 274, ill. p. 107 (color), dates it 1874–75.
Gary Tinterow et al. Capolavori impressionisti dei musei americani. Exh. cat., Museo di Capodimonte, Naples. Milan, 1987, pp. 16–17, no. 3, ill. (color).
Richard Kendall, ed. Cézanne by Himself: Drawings, Paintings, Writings. London, 1988, pp. 109, 313, ill. (color), calls it "Six Women" and dates it about 1873–77.
Sidney Geist. Interpreting Cézanne. Cambridge, Mass., 1988, pp. 21–22, 116–17, 128, 231, 278, pl. 24, calls it "Six Bathers" and dates it about 1875; identifies the figures in this picture with the women in Cézanne's life.
John Rewald with the research assistance of Frances Weitzenhoffer. Cézanne and America: Dealers, Collectors, Artists and Critics, 1891–1921. The A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, Princeton, 1989, pp. 53, 257, 346, fig. 27.
Hajo Düchting. Paul Cézanne 1839–1906: Natur wird Kunst. Ed. Ingo F. Walther. [Engl. ed., 1999]. Cologne, 1990, p. 81, ill. (color).
Mary Louise Krumrine. Paul Cézanne: The Bathers. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts. Basel, 1990, pp. 75, 123, 132, 137, 144, 148, 150, 187, 208, 240–41, 246, 264 n. 24, p. 312, no. 15, colorpls. 2 and 88 (detail and overall), discusses the figures as types and compares them to similar figures in other Cézanne compositions; calls it one of the pivotal works in the entire bathers series; discusses the tree/cross as symbolic of the Garden of Eden.
Lawrence Gowing. "Cézanne's Human Form Divine: Adding a New Link to the Classical Past." Times Literary Supplement (February 15, 1991), p. 12, compares the "naked back that is modelled in colour" to the first portrait of Victor Chocquet (private collection, New York; V283, R292).
Roger Hurlburt. "Free Spirits." Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale) (December 20, 1992), p. 4D.
Helen Kohen. "Lasting Impressions." Miami Herald (December 20, 1992), p. 6I, ill. p. 1I.
Götz Adriani. Cézanne: Gemälde. Exh. cat., Kunsthalle Tübingen. Cologne, 1993, pp. 129–30, fig. 1 [English ed., 1995], calls it "Women Bathers"; discusses it in relation to "Women Bathers before a Tent" (Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart; V543, R553).
Maria Teresa Benedetti. Cézanne. [Italian ed., 1995]. Paris, 1995, pp. 85, 104, ill. (color), dates it about 1874–75.
Joseph J. Rishel in Cézanne. Exh. cat., Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris. Philadelphia, 1996, p. 150, no. 37, colorpl. 37 [French ed., Paris, 1995, pp. 150–51, no. 37, ill. (color)], calls it "Bathers" and dates it 1874–75; regards this painting as the "female equivalent or even a pendant" to "Bathers at Rest" (Barnes Foundation, Merion, Penn.; V276, R261) and calls them both pivotal works in Cézanne's treatment of the bather theme.
John Rewald, in collaboration with Walter Feilchenfeldt, and Jayne Warman. The Paintings of Paul Cézanne: A Catalogue Raisonné. New York, 1996, vol. 1, pp. 169, 175–77, 566, 570, 572–73, no. 256; vol. 2, p. 83, fig. 256, calls it "Baigneuses" and dates it 1875–76; publishes the entry from Vollard's account book relating to the purchase of this painting by Loeser.
Mary Louise Krumrine. "Paris and London: Cézanne." Burlington Magazine 138 (April 1996), p. 266.
Götz Adriani. Renoir. Exh. cat., Kunsthalle Tübingen. Cologne, 1996, pp. 236, 238, ill.
Friedrich Teja Bach in Cézanne: Finished, Unfinished. Ed. Simon Lèbe. Exh. cat., Kunstforum Wien. 2000, pp. 69–70, fig. 11, observes that the cross-shaped tree in this painting also appears in "Avenue at Chantilly III" (V627, R616; Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio; V627, R616) and a related watercolor, "The Barrier at Chantilly" (Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton).
Maria Teresa Benedetti. Cézanne: Il padre dei moderni. Exh. cat., Complesso del Vittoriano. Milan, 2001, pp. 47, 118–19, ill. (color).
Guila Ballas. Cézanne: Baigneuses et baigneurs, thème et composition. Paris, 2002, pp. 36–37, 43–45, 70, 120, 123, 147, 152, 166, 170, 213, 224–25, 227, 242, 250, 266, 276, 315 n. 7, ill. (color and black and white), calls it "Six Baigneuses" and dates it about 1877.
Francesca Bardazzi in Cézanne in Florence: Two Collectors and the 1910 Exhibition of Impressionism. Ed. Francesca Bardazzi. Exh. cat., Palazzo Strozzi, Florence. Milan, 2007, pp. 90, 112, ill. pp. 88, 113 (color, detail and overall), 266, notes that this was the only one of Loeser's Cézannes to be hung in the grand salon on the ground floor of the Villa Gattaia.
Giovanna De Lorenzi in Cézanne in Florence: Two Collectors and the 1910 Exhibition of Impressionism. Ed. Francesca Bardazzi and Giovanna De Lorenzi. Exh. cat., Palazzo Strozzi, Florence. Milan, 2007, p. 253 n. 1, pp. 281, 283–87.
Charles Palermo in Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experiment 1910–1912. Exh. cat., Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth. Santa Barbara, 2011, pp. 22–23, fig. 7 (color).
Joseph J. Rishel in Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia. Ed. Joseph J. Rishel. Exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, 2012, pp. 36, 168–69, fig. 164 (color), discusses it in relation to Puvis de Chavannes "Summer" (1891, Cleveland Museum of Art); sees the work representing his "complete grasp on Poussinesque nobility" and compares its "chaste refinement" to the figural paintings of Puvis de Chavannes.
Naina Saligram in Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia. Ed. Joseph J. Rishel. Exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, 2012, pp. 214–15, ill. (color), notes that both its general character and figures' poses derive from paintings and sculptures he studied in reproduction and at the Louvre and that its all-female grouping was an early instance of his tendency to isolate the sexes in bathing scenes; states that the landscape is invented.