Paul Cézanne - Portrait of Ambroise Vollard 1899

Portrait of Ambroise Vollard 1899
Portrait of Ambroise Vollard
1899 100x81cm oil/canvas
Musee de la Ville de Paris, Musée Carnavalet, Paris, France

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From The Art Institute of Chicago:
In November 1895, soon after his(Ambroise Vollard) first Van Gogh show, Vollard hosted Cézanne’s first solo exhibition. Before this retrospective, the artist had been virtually unknown in Paris. According to his lively and sometimes highly inventive memoirs, Vollard first spied Cézanne’s work in the window of Père Tanguy's shop, and from that moment it had been his ambition to exhibit the artist’s works. Cézanne, who often demonstrated his helplessness in practical matters, relied on his son to act as his business manager. (No doubt Vollard shrewdly recognized that Cézanne was the only major figure of the Impressionists without a dealer.) Through Cézanne’s son, Vollard secured approximately 150 works, which were most likely displayed on a rotating basis. Vollard claimed he risked his entire fortune on the exhibition and couldn’t even afford to frame the paintings properly. By choosing to exhibit a painting in the front window that the French government had rejected earlier from the Gustave Caillebotte bequest, Vollard intended this exhibition as a slap in the face to the art establishment. He took great pride in his status as an avant-garde and antiestablishment dealer throughout his career.