Madame Cezanne, a great model for a great painter

Today I made an early trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see Cezanne’s paintings of his wife.  At 11 am, the museum was not too crowded and we could really enjoy looking at the art.  It seems that the Cezannes did not have a very happy marriage – in fact, they lived separately much of the time – but his wife was an extraordinary model, sitting in the same pose for hours on end while Cezanne mastered his technique.  It was interesting to see how his brushstroke changed over time as well as his paint application, going to thinner paint in the later works.  Of course, it’s impossible to see just one exhibit at this great museum, so we wandered through several other galleries, admiring other wonderful pieces. 1872 Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) Madame Cezanne Marie Hortense Fiquet 1872-77

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