Cézanne borrowed his bold colour palette from his friends the Impressionists, disregard for their academic art and adoration of light. But Cézanne's paintings are tighter, more solid and step further into the realm of abstraction. 'He is the father of us all', said both Matisse and Picasso.
It is surprising, given the weight of his influence – and also his athletic genre-hopping – that there has never been an exhibition of his portraits in London. This autumn, though, the National Gallery will set this right, bringing together over 50 works for Cézanne Portraits.
This show will explore the way his techniques and figures changed over time, as well as Cézanne's emotional response to his sitters: 'a work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art,' as the artist said himself.
These moving psychological studies range from Cézanne's remarkable portraits of his Uncle Dominique, dating from the 1860s, through to his final portraits of Vallier – who helped Cézanne in his garden and studio at Les Lauves, Aix-en-Provence – made shortly before the artist's death in 1906.
This promises to be a personal, revealing show. We very much look forward to it.
|What||Cézanne Portraits, National Portrait Gallery|
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE | MAP
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26 Oct 17 – 11 Feb 18, 10am–6pm Friday 10am–9pm
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