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Na­tional Por­trait Gallery, Lon­don Show­ing un­til: 11 Fe­bru­ary 2018

This ma­jor in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion brings to­gether for the first time over fifty of Cézanne’s por­traits from col­lec­tions across the world, in­clud­ing works which have never been on pub­lic dis­play in the UK.

Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) is one of the most in­flu­en­tial artists of the nine­teenth cen­tury and his unique method of build­ing form with colour and an­a­lyt­i­cal ap­proach to na­ture in­flu­enced the art of Cu­bists, Fau­vists, and suc­ces­sive gen­er­a­tions of avant-garde artists.

Over a work­ing life of some forty-five years, Cézanne made al­most 1,000 paint­ings of which around 160 are por­traits. The ex­hi­bi­tion of­fers a unique and fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into this cen­tral as­pect of his work, high­light­ing the spe­cial pic­to­rial and the­matic char­ac­ter­is­tics of his por­trai­ture in­clud­ing his cre­ation of com­ple­men­tary pairs and dif­fer­ent ver­sions of the same sub­ject.

The ex­hi­bi­tion also con­sid­ers the ex­tent to which par­tic­u­lar sit­ters shaped the de­vel­op­ment of his prac­tise. Paint­ings on dis­play will range from mul­ti­ple por­traits of him­self and his wife, Hortense Fi­quet, Cézanne’s re­mark­able por­tray­als of his Un­cle Do­minique, dat­ing from the 1860s, through to his fi­nal por­traits of the gar­dener Val­lier, who helped in his stu­dio at Les Lauves, Aix-en-Provence.

Paul Cézanne, Self-Por­trait with Bowler Hat, 1885–6

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