Image: Nationals Gallery of Art - Cézanne in Provence

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This tender portrayal of the artist’s wife, Hortense Fiquet, was probably painted at the Jas de Bouffan several years after their marriage. Hortense, whom Cézanne had met in Paris in 1869, was from northern France. She did not like living in Aix-en-Provence and did not get along with Cézanne’s mother and sisters. She lived increasingly apart from the artist, staying primarily in Paris with their son Paul while Cézanne remained in Provence.

Paul Cézanne
Madame Cézanne in the Conservatory, 1891–1892
oil on canvas
Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Stephen C. Clark, 1960 (61.101.2)