About This Artwork

Paul Cézanne
French, 1839-1906

Madame Cézanne in a Yellow Chair, 1888/90

Oil on canvas
31 13/16 x 25 9/16 in. (80.9 x 64.9 cm)

Wilson L. Mead Fund, 1948.54

Rewald 653

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Possibly Paris, Galerie Vollard, Cézanne, 1895, no cat. [see New York 2006-7, p. 33].

Moscow, La Toison d’Or, 1908, cat. 15.

Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Sonderbund Ausstellung, May-June 1909, cat 86.

London, French Gallery, Great Masters of the French XIXth Century, 1926, cat. 5.

New York, Paul Rosenberg & Co., Inc. Wildenstein Galleries, Loan Exhibition of Paintings by Paul Cézanne, 1839-1906, January 1928, cat. 19.

Paris, Paul Rosenberg. Exposition d’Oeuvres Importantes de Grands Maîtres du XIXe siecle, May 18-June 27, 1931, cat. 7 (ill.).

Paris, Musée de L’Orangerie, Cézanne, 1936, cat. 75.

Paris, Paul Rosenberg, Exposition Cézanne (1839 – 1906), organisée à l’occasion de son centenaire, February 21-April 1, 1939, cat. 26.

London, Rosenberg & Helft, Exhibition Cézanne, April 19-May 20, 1939, cat. 17 (ill.).

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1950, no cat. no.

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cézanne: Paintings, Watercolors, and Drawings: A Loan Exhibition, February 7-March 16, 1952, cat. 68 (ill.), traveled to New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, April 4-May 18, 1952.

Paul Rosenberg and Co., Masterpieces Recalled, a Loan Exhibition of 19th and 20th Century French Paintings fro the Benefit of the League of Emotionally Disturbed Children, February 6-March 2, 1957, cat. 19 (ill.).

Washington, D. C., The Phillips Collection, Cézanne: An Exhibition in Honor of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Phillips Collection, February 27-March 28, 1971, cat. 23 (ill.), traveled to The Art Institute of Chicago, April 17-May 16, 1971 and Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, June 1-July 3, 1971.

New York, Museum of Modern Art, Modern Masterpieces: Manet to Matisse, August 4-September 1, 1975, cat. 19, traveled to Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wale, April 10-May 11, 1975 and Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria, May 28-June 22, 1975.

The Art Institute of Chicago, European Portraits 1600-1900 in The Art Institute of Chicago, July 8-September 11, 1978, cat. 22.

Tokyo, Seibu Museum of Art, The Impressionist Tradition: Masterpieces from The Art Institute of Chicago, October 18-December 17, 1986, cat. 48 (ill.), traveled to Fukuoka Art Museum, January 5-February 2, 1986 and Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, March 4-April 13, 1986.

Leningrad, Hermitage and Moscow, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, From Delacroix to Matisse: Great French Paintings From the XIX century to the Beginning of the XXth century From Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago, 1988, pl. 36.

Kunsthalle Tübingen, Cézanne: Gemälde, January 16-May 2, 1993, cat. 42 (ill.).

Stockholm, Nationalmuseum, Cézanne i blickpunkten, October 17, 1997-January 11, 1998, cat. 6 (ill.).

St. Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum, Cézanne and the Russian Avant-Garde of the XX century, August 8-September 24, 1998, cat. 26 (ill), traveled to Moscow, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, October 5-November 15, 1998.

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cézanne to Picasso Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde, September 13, 2006-January 7, 2007, cat. 46 (ill.), traveled to The Art Institute of Chicago, February 17-May 13, 2007 and Musée d’Orsay, Paris, June 18-Spetember 16, 2007.

Fort Worth, Tex., Kimbell Museum of Art, The Impressionists: Master Paintings from the Art Institute of Chicago, June 29–November 2, 2008, cat. 64 (ill.).

Publication History

Paul Cézanne–Mappe (Munich, 1912), pl. 12.

Ugo Nebbia, “Sul Movimento Pittorico Contemporaneo,” Emporium 38 (December 1913), p. 422 (ill.).

Ambroise Vollard, Paul Cézanne (Paris, 1914), pl. 46.

Julius Meier-Graefe, Cézanne und sein Kreis: Ein Beitrag zur Entwicklungsgeschichte (Munich, 1922), p. 200 (ill.)

André Salmon, Cézanne (Paris, 1923), pl. 10.

Kurt Pfister, Cézanne, Gestalt, Werk, Mythos (Potsdam, 1927), pl. 74.

Forbes Watson, “Recent Exhibitions,” The Arts 13, 1 (January 1928), pp. 34 (ill.), 35.

Forbes Watson, “New York Exhibitions,” The Arts 13, 2 (February 1928), p. 107.

Eugenio d’Ors y Rovira, Paul Cézanne (Paris, 1930), p. 52 (ill.).

Nina Iavorskaïa, Paul Cézanne (Milan, 1935), p. 16.

Lionello Venturi, Cézanne: son art – son oeuvre (Paris, 1936), vol. 1, no. 572, vol. 2, pl. 183.

Jacques Combe, “L’influence de Cézanne,” La Renaissance 5-6 (May-June 1936), p. 27 (ill.).

René Huyghe, “Cézanne et son oeuvre,” L’Amour de l’Art 17 (May 1936), pp. 160-188, fig. 61.

John Rewald, “Cézanne et son oeuvre,” L’Art Sacré (May 1936), p. 8, fig. 18.

Albert Barnes and Violette de Mazia, The Art of Cézanne (New York, 1939), no. 135.

Raymond Cogniat, Cézanne (New York, 1939), pl. 73.

Adrien-Pierre Bagarry, “Le Centenaire de Cézanne,” La Renaissance 22 (March 1939), p. 7.

The Art Institute of Chicago, An Illustrated Guide to the Collections of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, 1948), p. 36.

Bernard Dorival, Cézanne (New York, 1948), pp. 57-8, pl. 109.

Daniel Catton Rich, “Two Great Portraits,” Bulletin of The Art Institute of Chicago 42, 6 (November 15, 1948), pp. 79 (ill.), 81.

“A Great Cézanne Goes to Chicago,” Art News 47, 7 (November, 1948), pp. 34-35 (ill.).

Erle Loran, “Cézanne in 1952,” The Art Institute of Chicago Quarterly 46, 1 (February 1, 1952), p. 12 (ill.).

Meyer Shapiro, Paul Cézanne (New York, 1952), p. 15.

The Art Institute of Chicago, An Illustrated Guide to the Collections of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, 1956), pp. 35 (ill.), 36.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings in The Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Chicago, 1961), pp. 73, 326 (ill.).

John Maxon, “Some Recent Acquisitions,” Apollo 84, 55 (September 1966), p. 216, fig. 6.

Anne H. Van Buren, “Madame Cézanne’s Fashions and the Dates of her Portraits,” The Art Quarterly 29, 2 (1966), p. 121.

Richard W. Murphy, The World of Cézanne 1839-1906 (New York, 1968), pp. 104-105 (ill.).

John Maxon, The Art Institute of Chicago (London, 1977), p. 102 (ill.).

The Art Institute of Chicago: 100 Masterpieces (Chicago, 1978), no. 65 (ill.).

Rodolfo Pallucchini, “L’Art Institute of Chicago,”L’Illustrazione del Medico 33, 218 (February 1966), pp. 15-16, fig. 10.

Michael Howard, Cezanne (London, 1990), pp. 126 (ill.), 127.

Richard Verdi, Cézanne (London, 1992), pp. 131, 132, fig. 111.

John Rewald, The Paintings of Paul Cézanne: A Catalgoue Raisonné (New York, 1996), vol. 1, p. 422, no. 653, vol. 2., p. 220.

Tomàs Llorens Comisario, Forma: El ideal clásico en el arte moderno, exh. cat. (Madrid, Museo Thyssen-
Bornemisza, 2001-2), p. 123 (ill.).

The Age of Impressionism at the Art Institute of Chicago (New Haven and London, 2008), cat. 64, pp. 136, 137 (ill.).

Robert Storr, "La Famille Cezanne," Cézanne and Beyond, Exh, cat ( Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2009), Fig. 2.8, pp. 51-53.

Susan Sidlauskas, Cézanne's Other. The Portraits of Hortense, Berkeley, Los Angeles and London, University of California Press, 2009, pp. 94, 130-31, 135, 178, plate 14.

Ownership History

Ambroise Vollard, Paris, possibly by 1904 [according to Jayne S. Warman in New York 2006-7]; sold to Bernheim-Jeune & Cie, Paris on February 22, 1907 [according to letter from Gilbert Gruet of Bernheim-Jeune & Cie, dated November 29, 1977, copy in curatorial file]; bought by Théodore Duret, Paris on April 16, 1907 [according to Jayne S. Warman in New York 2006-7]; sold to Bernheim-Jeune & Cie, Paris, ca. April 1907 [according to Jayne S. Warman in New York 2006-7]; sold to [August?] Deusser, Düsseldorf on October 15, 1909 [Bernheim-Jeune & Cie’s stock no. 15.758, see Gruet's letter cited above]. Paul Rosenberg, Paris, by 1926 [see London 1926]; sold to Alphonse Kann, St. Germain-en-Laye and London, on October 31, 1929 [according to Jayne S. Warman in New York 2006-7]; sold by him to Paul Rosenberg & Co, New York, in October 1947 [see consular invoice, copy in curatorial file]; sold to the Art Institute on April 22, 1948.




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