Paul Cézanne - Madame Cezanne 1885-1886

Madame Cezanne 1885-1886
Madame Cezanne
1885-1886 oil/canvas
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

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"The success of art is the face" declared Cézanne confidently to the art dealer Ambroise Vollard. On many occasions during his adult life, the painter inflicted long sittings on his partner Hortense Fiquet, who became his wife in 1886. This painting has an overall quality of simplicity. The décor is barely suggested in coloured tones from brown-green to sky blue. The face, seen frontally, is an almost perfect oval.