Victor Chocquet Seated

Paul Cézanne (French, 1839 - 1906)

circa 1877. Oil on canvas, 18 x 15". 1950.024

The art collector Victor Chocquet was a great friend of Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Paul Cézanne and a staunch defender of new trends in art. This portrait of him is a part of Cézanne’s response to the Impressionists whose aim was to capture “fleeting reality,” and it is evidence of Cézanne’s stated desire to make “something solid and durable” of that reality. To build a stable composition, he has used short brushstrokes to paint interlocking rectangles of color, alternating the warm areas of red and yellow with the cool areas of green and violet.

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