MADAME CEZANNE at the Met, New York
Who would be an artist's model, much less his wife! Madame Cezanne has suffered more than most. This exhibition + excellent book tries to put the record straight, but with so little documented fact, it's hard going.
They rarely lived in the same home - Cezanne preferred to live with his parents & sisters - yet 50 drawings of Hortense, reading, sewing, sleeping, dozing, remain. His family never accepted her, yet this plain, staunch, loyal woman sat by the hour, by the day, the week, motionless as an apple!
Matisse admired Cezanne and bought several of his pictures including this one (see below) of the young Hortense in blue which he hung in his main room.
A series of four oils from 1888-90, brought together from Basel, Sao Paolo & Chicago show Hortense in a heavy red dress sitting on a yellow chair, reserved, impassive but determined. Formal portraits all, the last a majestic essay in Cezanne's celebrated nuanced touches of colour. Cezanne's great passion was always his art, never his wife but she bravely played her part - as these amazing portraits demonstrate.
Met's curator Dita Amory welcoming Cezanne scholars to her wonderful exhibition devoted to Hortense Fiquet, aka Madame Cz., Thanks Phyllis for pix.Lots of new insights emerging from this extraordinary survey
Thanks also John Ferry for Link to