Paul Cézanne - Marion and Valabregue posing for a picture 1866

Marion and Valabregue posing for a picture 1866
Marion and Valabregue posing for a picture
1866 40x32cm oil/canvas
Museo Soumaya Mexico City

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In 1866, Paul Cézanne sends a letter to his friend, the writer Emile Zola, in which he speaks of a project of great format that depicts two people looking for a reason to paint a landscape. The letter includes pencil sketches in which characters appear as a couple of friends of the painter, the poet and art critic Antoine Valabrègue; and the naturalist Antoine Fortuné Marion.
In painting, Marion is the man left, carrying his painting equipment; while Valabrègue is the companion, who carries a hat. The work raises an origin story for landscape painting through elements like the company of artists, the search for the reason and the conversion of nature into pintura.
However, despite the initial enthusiasm shown by Cézanne in November 1866 the painter informs Zola has canceled the project. However, he manages to make a painting in his studio, which is part of the collection of the Museo Soumaya Mexico City.