Paul Cézanne - Portrait of Emile Zola 1864

Portrait of Emile Zola 1864
Portrait of Emile Zola
1864 26x21cm oil/canvas
Private Collection

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Emile Zola, Cézanne's boyhood friend, showed an early interest in painting. He was particularly interested in the artists rejected by the official critics. In 1866, he wrote an article on Manet in La Revue du XXe siècle and defended him again the following year when he organised a private exhibition on the fringes of the Universal Exhibition. Zola regarded the artist, who was contested by traditionalists, as one of the masters of the future, whose place was in the Louvre.