In the Frame: Cézanne's Portraits

Published 24 November 2017

Art historian and curator Kate Bryan explores two key works at the National Portrait Gallery's exhibition devoted to the portraiture of the French master, Paul Cézanne.

These two films take an in-depth look at two of the portraits currently wowing visitors at the National Portrait Gallery in London, as part of its exhibition Cézanne Portraits.

Madame Cézanne in a Red Dress (c1890) is one of almost 30 portraits Cezanne painted of his wife; while Man Smoking a Pipe (1902) reveals a connection to the earlier work, featuring, as it does, yet another picture of Madame Cézanne in the background. Both works mark a significant moment in the transition from natural representation to the more abstracted forms of modernism, anticipating the likes of Picasso and Matisse.

Cézanne Portraits runs until the 11 February 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Visitors can get 50% off the cost of entry with a National Art Pass.

Films by Northern Town.

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