Exhibition preview: Cézanne Portraits

The National Portrait Gallery’s latest blockbuster features 50 paintings by the influential French artist

The National Portrait Gallery’s new blockbuster brings together more than 50 of Paul Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including paintings that are being displayed in Britain for the very first time.

The show, which opens on October 26 and is being staged in conjunction with the Musée d’Orsay and Washington DC’a National Gallery of Art, aims to shed light on the approach, ideas and development of this extraordinarily influential 19th century French artist by focusing on portraits created across the entire span of his 45-year career.

The exhibition includes portraits of Cézanne’s Uncle Dominique, dating from the 1860s, all the way through to his paintings of Vallier, a man who helped Cézanne in his garden and studio in Aix-en-Provence shortly before the artist’s death in 1906.

‘Up until now, Cézanne’s portraiture has received surprisingly little attention, so we are thrilled to be able to bring together so many of his portraits for the first time to reveal arguably the most personal, and therefore most human, aspect of Cézanne’s art,’ says Dr Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery.

For more information and to book tickets, go here. See below for a sneak preview of the exhibition.

Madame Cézanne in a Yellow Chair, 1888-90 (Wilson L Mead Fund, 1948.54, The Art Institute of Chicago)

Self Portrait in a Bowler Hat, 1885-86 (Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, photo: Ole Haupt)

Boy in a Red Waistcoat, 1888-1890 (Collection of Mr and Mrs Paul Mellon, in honour of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art)


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