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Madame Cézanne

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By Dita Amory; With essays by Philippe Cézanne, Anne Dumas, Charlotte Hale, Kathryn Kremnitzer, Marjorie Shelley, and Hilary Spurling

Paul Cézanne's (1839–1906) portraits of Hortense Fiquet (1850–1922), his wife and the subject of some of his most iconic portraits, rank among the most powerful of their kind in French modernism. Yet, posterity has not been kind to Madame Cézanne. She was called a distraction, blamed for her husband's "lackluster" landscapes, and disdained for her impenetrable expression in the paintings. The reality is more complex, for while Fiquet may not have been the passion of Cézanne's lifetime, she was a willing accomplice, as model, mother of his only son, and unwavering partner against all odds.

Madame Cézanne examines this unique relationship within the context of Cézanne as a painter, draftsman, and portraitist, and sheds light on the personal relationship between artist and muse. Featuring all 28 of Cézanne's oil portraits of Fiquet and most of the known drawings, Madame Cézanne both corrects, with insight and compassion, the long-held misconceptions about the Cézanne's unconventional marriage, and shows how Cézanne's portraits of his wife provide a lens through which to better understand his overall technique.

By Dita Amory; With essays by Philippe Cézanne, Anne Dumas, Charlotte Hale, Kathryn Kremnitzer, Marjorie Shelley, and Hilary Spurling

Paul Cézanne's (1839–1906) portraits of Hortense Fiquet (1850–1922), his wife and the subject of some of his most iconic portraits, rank among the most powerful of their kind in French modernism. Yet, posterity has not been kind to Madame Cézanne. She was called a distraction, blamed for her husband's "lackluster" landscapes, and disdained for her impenetrable expression in the paintings. The reality is more complex, for while Fiquet may not have been the passion of Cézanne's lifetime, she was a willing accomplice, as model, mother of his only son, and unwavering partner against all odds.

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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  • Pages: 240
  • Illustrations: 192 (168 in full color)
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dimensions: 8 1/2'' x 9 1/2''
  • ISBN: 9780300208108
Editorial Reviews

"The essays draw attention to the tenderness Cezanne shows for Hortense." 
      —Times Literary Supplement

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