Portrait of the Artist's Wife
Portrait of the Artist's Wife
Madame Cézanne in a Red Armchair
Madame Cézanne in a Red Armchair
Madame Cezanne in the Garden
Madame Cezanne in the Garden
Madame Cézanne
Madame Cézanne
Portrait of Madame Cézanne
Portrait of Madame Cézanne
Madame Cézanne in a Yellow Chair
Madame Cézanne in a Yellow Chair
Madame Cézanne in Blue
Madame Cézanne in Blue
Madame Cézanne
Madame Cézanne
Madame Cézanne in a Red Dress
Madame Cézanne in a Red Dress
Portrait of Madame Cezanne
Portrait of Madame Cezanne
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Cézanne's Portraits of Hortense Fiquet

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The first portrait Paul Cézanne ever painted of Hortense Fiquet—his model, mistress, son’s mother, and eventually his wife—is now lost, chronicled only in the background of a black-and-white photograph from around 1872. Also lost are many of the details surrounding the almost four-decade-long relationship between this strong-willed Parisian woman and the socially awkward Post-Impressionist. What does remain are 29 painted portraits (and many more drawings) that Cézanne created of Fiquet, the person he depicted most frequently after himself.

Cézanne’s images of her aren’t the traditional, flattering portraits that painstakingly replicate an individual’s likeness. In fact, some of the women identified as Madame Cézanne look incredibly different from each other—in one she is a nubile young woman surrounded by garden foliage, and in another she looks like a prim matron.

Certain features are constant, though. Cézanne was visually fascinated by the oblong oval shape of her head, the severe central part of her hair, and, at times, the details of her dresses. (These frocks are sometimes painted with more precision than the features of Madame Cézanne’s face.)

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Portrait of the Artist's Wife
Portrait of the Artist's Wife
Madame Cézanne in a Red Armchair
Madame Cézanne in a Red Armchair
Madame Cezanne in the Garden
Madame Cezanne in the Garden
Madame Cézanne
Madame Cézanne
Portrait of Madame Cézanne
Portrait of Madame Cézanne
Madame Cézanne in a Yellow Chair
Madame Cézanne in a Yellow Chair
Madame Cézanne in Blue
Madame Cézanne in Blue
Madame Cézanne
Madame Cézanne
Madame Cézanne in a Red Dress
Madame Cézanne in a Red Dress
Portrait of Madame Cezanne
Portrait of Madame Cezanne