PRINT March 1977




Diane Lesko’s article in the December issue, “Cézanne’s ‘Bather’ and a Found Self-Portrait,” purports to have “discovered” a number of images “hidden” within certain Cézanne compositions. While not wanting to address myself to the question of value regarding this type of analysis, I feel that one particular point should be cleared up. With reference to the painting Peasant in a Blue Shirt, Ms. Lesko states that the background consists of a “separate composition” composed of three “overlapping images.” These are, to enumerate: a “gesturing hand,” a “young woman” who is faceless, and “the partially obscured outline of a bald head, and the dark arch of an eyebrow which are found above the girl and the hand.” This triad of images is related by Ms. Lesko to Cézanne’s “favorite mountain motifs.”

Later Ms. Lesko states that “the fragment of arm and hand, the faceless female, and the

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