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Madame Cezanne in a Yellow Chair

Painting of a placid-looking, light-skinned woman in a maroon dress, seated in a chair with yellow upholstery, hands folded.
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  • Painting of a placid-looking, light-skinned woman in a maroon dress, seated in a chair with yellow upholstery, hands folded.

Date:

1888-90

Artist:

Paul Cezanne
French, 1839-1906

About this artwork

This portrait is one in a series of four Paul Cezanne made of his wife, Emélie-Hortense Fiquet, whom he met when she worked as an artist’s model. They had a son together in 1872 and married in 1886. Technical examination suggests that Cezanne traced this image, the second in the series, from the first portrait, which he made from life. In contrast to her masklike expression, Hortense’s hands are agitated, contorted by crisscrossing brushstrokes and the dark-blue outlines Cezanne used to sketch out the forms, which remain visible in the final work.

Status

On View, Gallery 248

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Paul Cezanne

Title

Madame Cezanne in a Yellow Chair

Place

France (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1893

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

80.9 × 64.9 cm (31 13/16 × 25 9/16 in.)

Credit Line

Wilson L. Mead Fund

Reference Number

1948.54

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