Paul Cézanne - Boy in a red vest 1889

Boy in a red vest 1889
Boy in a red vest
1889 80x64cm oil/canvas
Foundation E.G. Bührle

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The Boy in the Red Vest (Le Garçon au gilet rouge), also known as The Boy in the Red Waistcoat, is a painting (Venturi 681) by Paul Cézanne, painted in 1889 or 1890. It is a fine example of Cezanne's skilled, nuanced, and innovative mature work after 1880.
Cezanne painted four oil portraits of this Italian boy in the red vest, all in different poses, which allowed him to study the relationship between the figure and space. The most famous of the four, and the one commonly referred to by this title, is the one which depicts the boy in a melancholic seated pose with his elbow on a table and his head cradled in his hand. It is currently held in Zürich, Switzerland. The other three portraits are in museums in the U.S.
The Foundation E.G. Bührle, which currently owns the work, notes the painting's picturesqueness, adding that "There is a perfect balance here of high compositional intelligence and spontaneous painterly intuition." In 1895, art critic Gustave Geffroy said it could stand comparison with the finest figure paintings of the Old Masters. The portrait fetched a fantastic price at Sotheby's in London in 1958, and was reproduced in publications all over the world, along with articles about it. The price was $610,000, more than five times higher than the amount any painting previously sold for.
In February 2008, the painting was stolen from the Foundation E.G. Bührle in Zurich. It was the museum's most valuable painting and is valued at $91 million. It was recovered in Serbia in April 2012.