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Hortense Fiquet (Madame Cézanne) sewing
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Hortense Fiquet (Madame Cézanne) sewing

Circa 1880

Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)

Graphite on paper (pale cream wove, with laid and chain lines)

Width: 30.9 cm; Height: 47.2 cm;

Inscription, watermark, imitated mechanically:
Inscription, watermark, imitated mechanically:

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978

About this work
In this ambitious pencil drawing of his future wife, Cézanne explored the compositional possibilities of line and blank space. He laid in the figure with a combination of blocks of shading and blank areas. Daringly, the central section around the sitter’s hands is left bare. Although it is apparent that she is sewing, the viewer must complete the picture in the mind’s eye. Such engagement of the viewer is a vital element in Cézanne’s art. (Permanent collection label)

This work is not on display
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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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