Portraits by Cézanne

The first major exhibition devoted to portraits by Paul Cézanne explores the pictorial and thematic characteristics of his portraits, including his creation of complementary pairs and multiple versions of the same subject. It discusses Cézanne’s conception and understanding of the resemblance and the identity of models as well as the influence that some of them may have had on the painter’s choices and in the development of his practice.

Among the works displayed are Cézanne’s remarkable portraits of his uncle Dominique, painted in the early 1860s, and his final portraits- rendered shortly before the artist’s death- of Vallier, his gardener at his home near Aix-en-Provence.

Cézanne did not only influence Picasso and Matisse who called him “the father of us all”, but also the Cubist and Fauvist movements and successive generations of avant-garde artists.

General Curator:
John Elderfield, independant curator and art historian
Xavier Rey, Director of the museums of Marseille

Exhibition also presented in:
London, National Portrait Gallery, from 26 October 2017 to 11 February 2018
Washington, National Gallery of Art, from 25 March to 1st July 2018

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