Cézanne Portraits - the exhibition catalogue from National Portrait Gallery/Musée D'Orsay available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Cézanne Portraits

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'The astoundingly beautiful color reproduction of Cézanne’s work on semi-matte heavyweight paper is exceptional...Cézanne Portraits by John Elderfield is an exquisite book' New York Journal of Books

A handsome book tracing the artist's development in portraiture

Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) may be best known for his landscapes, but he also painted some 160 portraits throughout his exceptional career. This scholarly and handsome exhibition catalogue accompanies the first exhibition about Cézanne's portraits since 1910. Cézanne accepted no commissions and painted only himself, his wife, his family, his friends, local villagers in Aix and those who worked for him, including his gardener Vallier. 

The book is the first book to take on Cézanne's portraits as a whole and traces the artist's chronological development in portraiture exploring portraits ranging from Cézanne's earliest surviving self-portraits, dating from the 1860s, through to his 1906 portraits of Vallier, the gardener at his house near Aix-en-Provence. In addition to the great numbers of vibrant reproductions, there are close-ups of several portraits that enable the reader to examine Cézanne ‘s brushwork. The colour reproductions of Cézanne’s work are exceptional - rich and nuanced without excessive saturation and contrast. 

The chapters are mostly organized around Cezanne’s subjects and explore themes including the artist’s creation of complementary pairs and multiple versions of the same subject, as well as the role of self-portraiture for Cézanne. The texts including short biographical sketches of Cezanne’s subjects, including himself and incorporate quotes from Cézanne that help his complex character to life.

  • Author: John Elderfield, chief curator emeritus of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art
  • Hardcover: 256 pages |180 colour reproductions
  • Date published: 21 September 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1855145474
  • Product Dimensions: 30.0 x 24.5 cm

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