Global Blockbuster Show"Portraits of Cezanne" completes his triumphal tour of the leading galleries in the world. Following the Orsay Museum in Paris and the National Portrait Gallery in London, the National Gallery in Washington takes over.
This unique retrospective for the first time in history has collected 60 canvases of the French post-impressionist - over a quarter of everything that Cezanne wrote in this genre. The artist created about 200 portraits (including 26 of his own and 29 of his wife Hortense), but so far very little attention has been paid to them. Now viewers can simultaneously see works collected from museums in France, the USA, Denmark, Brazil, Japan and Russia.
The retrospective studies the pictorial and thematic features of the portraits of Cezanne, including several versions of the same subject. The exposition is built in chronology, so that visitors can trace changes in the style and methods of the artist, his understanding of the similarities and identity. Works range from remarkable portraits of Dominic, Uncle Cezanne, dating back to 1860s, and to the latest images of Valle, who helped the artist in his garden and in the studio shortly before his death in 1906.