Cézanne is well know for his landscapes, but less well known is that he also painted over 160 portraits. A major exhibition of over fifty, from collections around the world opens at London’s National Portrait Gallery. Part of the group known as Post-Impressionists, he is considered one of the most influential artists of the nineteenth century.
Cézanne only painted people that grasped his attention. He was not interested in commissions but rather painting the people around him. His paintings are not of smiling faces or pretty subjects, and tend to be sad or morose. His subjects included those of himself, his partner, later his wife; his son, close friends, and people who worked for him.
A film ‘Cézanne – Portraits of a Life’ made in conjunction with the exhibition examines Cezanne’s life encompassing both Paris, and Aix-en-Provence where he lived, and had homes. Made for worldwide cinema distribution from January 2018, excerpts from it can be seen on a television with-in the exhibition.
The exhibition is not just for lovers of Cézanne’s paintings, but also for those who wish to explore other aspects of the artist who is considered one of the foremost of his time. I personally only enjoyed a few of the paintings notably ‘Boy in the Red Waistcoat’, and those from his later years when the colours of the paint he used were more vibrant.
A series of events run throughout the exhibition.
Until 11 February 2018, tickets with donation £20.00. T. 020 7321 6600.