By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Barnes Foundation will soon be displaying previously unknown works by the French master, Paul Cezanne. They were found hidden on the backs of two of his watercolors.READ MORE: Police Investigating Stickers Advocating White Supremacy Found On Signs Along Several Streets On Main Line
Those watercolors, which depict the landscape of Cezanne’s beloved southern France, were acquired by Albert Barnes in 1921 — both of which have been a part of the permanent collection, hanging in room 20 of the Gallery.
The newly discovered unfinished pieces – one graphite and one watercolor – reveal he got a better deal than he thought.
Consulting Curator Martha Lucy of the Barnes Foundation says it’s likely no one has seen the hidden pieces for nearly a century – since before Dr. Barnes purchased them:
“We’re not sure whether Barnes knew that they were there or not. It seems pretty likely that he didn’t know, because there’s no discussion of them in his correspondence.”
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“He paid $100 for each one,” Lucy says.
The hidden sketches were discovered when the original works were taken down for conservation work. Barnes Chief Conservator of Paintings Barbara Buckley says they were replacing brown paper on the backsides with acid-free paper, to preserve the pieces:
“The brown paper was a craft paper, very poor quality and acidic.”
The watercolors and the sketches (on the reverse side), will be on display in double-sided frames, with both sides visible, beginning April 10th for eight weeks. Then the works will be returned to their original location.MORE NEWS: Third Monday Of January Known As Blue Monday, Saddest Day Of Year
Barnes Foundation officials say the post-Impressionist painter often worked on both sides of paper.