Cezanne Portraits at The National Portrait Gallery

Madame Cezanne in a Yellow Chair

I’ve just been to the Cezanne Portraits exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery. Quite a treat! Most impressive for me has always been the picture of his wife Hortense Fiquet, ‘Madame Cezanne in a red armchair ‘.

Surprisingly it is not a very large canvas, unlike ‘Madam Cezanne in a red dress’, however it is Cezanne’s construction of areas of colour that is so impressive with blocks of diagonal brushwork in small patches of different shades.

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