Paul Cezanne's iconic painting The Card Players, on loan from the Courtauld, is the centrepiece of this exhibition of 19th and early 20th-century art.
Cezanne's work was radically different from that of his contemporaries and initially found little favour with critics and collectors. Following his lack of success in Paris, he withdrew into relative obscurity at his family home near Aix-en-Provence. Here he formed a deep bond with the landscape and the local people, such as Paulin Paulet, a gardener on his estate who is depicted in the painting.
The Card Players is a masterpiece of Cézanne’s, and his highly original and ground-breaking approach to painting led to him being considered one of the most important artists of his time and ‘the father of modern art’.
The Cézanne loan will be accompanied by an extensive display from the Ferens permanent collection exploring related themes of peasants and rural life. A number of rarely seen watercolours and prints are included as well as visitor favourites Walter Langley’s Memories (1906) and Joseph Wright Barker’s Farm Horses and a Foal at a Ford (1915).
The loan of The Card Players is part of an ongoing collaboration to share the Courtauld’s collections with audiences across the UK.