Paul Cézanne - Portrait of a Man in a Blue Cap,
or Uncle Dominique 1866

Portrait of a Man in a Blue Cap, or Uncle Dominique 1866
Portrait of a Man in a Blue Cap, or Uncle Dominique
1866 80x65cm oil/canvas
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

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From Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City:
In the autumn of 1866, while living at his family’s home near Aix-en-Provence, Cézanne undertook a series of paintings of his maternal uncle, Dominique Aubert, in different costumes. Here, he dons a robe and tasseled blue cap; in another work in the Museum’s collection, he poses as a monk. A friend reported in November: "Every day there appears a [new] portrait of him." Cézanne applied his paint directly with a palette knife on the coarsely woven canvas, giving these pictures what he called a "gutsy" character.