Cezanne’s The Large Bathers, 1898-1905, horizontal, diagonal, and
organic lines are introduced. The horizontals defining the riverbank and the
diagonals of the tree trunks produce a triangle, again very stable and
harmonious. The diagonals in the arms and legs of the women and the organic
roundness of the analytic lines, which define their bodies, heads, and
breasts, produce a soft flow and lend rhythm to the painting.
If you look carefully at this example, you
will notice how Cezanne distributed these various types of lines. Besides the
riverbank, where else do you see horizontal lines? Besides the trees and
pointing limbs, where else do you see diagonals? Besides the women’s bodies,
where else are there expressive or analytic organic lines? The artist
carefully wove the element of line and its variants throughout his entire
image in order to keep the viewer’s eye continually engaged.