Cézanne Portraits


Paul Cézanne (1839 – 1906) painted almost 200 portraits, including twenty – six of himself and twenty – nine of his wife . This book presents twenty – four ‘highlights’ from a major international exhibition that explores the portraiture of this remarkable artist, whom both Matisse and Picasso called ‘the father of us all’.


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John Elderfield


Th is book, like the exhibition it accompanies, looks at the special pictorial and thematic characteristics of Cézanne’s portraiture practice, including his creation of complementary pairs and multiple versions of the same subject . The chronological development of the artist’s portraiture is also explored , with an examinat ion of the changes that occurred with respect to his style and method, on the one hand, and his understanding of resemblance and identity, on the other . Th e extent to which particular sitters inflected the characteristics and development of his practice is also considered . Cézanne Portraits features works that mutually inform each other to reveal arguably the most personal , and therefore most human, aspect of his art, and one that has hitherto received surprisingly little attention. They range from Cézanne’s earliest surviving self – portraits , dating from the 1860s, through to his final portraits of Vallier, the gardener at his hou se near Aix – en – Provence, made shortly before the artist’s death in 1906. Exhibition curator John Elderfield contributes an illuminating introductory essay on Cézanne’s portraiture, while the artist’s biographer, the late Alex Danchev, provides an informative dramatis personae on the sitters featured . The catalogue texts are by John Elderfi eld, Mary Morton and Xavier Rey , and a chronology by Jayne Warman sets the artist’s work in the context of his life.

Additional information

Weight 2014 g
Dimensions 25.1 x 31 cm
Publisher name National Portrait Gallery Publications
Publication date 1 December 2017
Number of pages 256
Format Hardback
Dimensions 25.1 x 31 cm
Weight 2014 g


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