Portrait of Joachim Gasquet

Paul Cézanne

Paul Cézanne - Portrait of Joachim Gasquet

The portrait of Joachim Gaquet, poet and philosopher, is one of the key works of Cézanne's late period. Most conspicuous in its composition is the strikingly deflected vertical axis. Similarly as in the Portrait of Ambroise Vollard (1899) the chief feature of the painting are transparent touches of the brush. Plasticity is achieved without any chiaroscuro modelling, without an Impressionist play of colour reflexes. White, colourless spots are intentional, the result of Cézannesque ''Abstraction'', which the painter described in a letter to the painter Émile Bernard.

measurements: height 65,5 cm
width 54,5 cm
material: canvas
technique: oil
inventory number: O 3202
gallery collection: Collection of 19th Century Art and Classical Modernism
licence: copyrighted work

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