Paul Cézanne was a French artist who is said to have formed the bridge between late 19th-century Impressionism and the early 20th century’s new line of Cubism. It is no coincidence that both Matisse and Picasso considered Cézanne as “the father of us all”.

Despite the large number of events dedicated to the artist, Cézanne’s portraits have never been the subject of a major exhibition. For this reason, the Public Establishment of the Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie of Paris, the National Portrait Gallery of London and the National Gallery of Art of Washington decided to organize an exhibition entirely dedicated to his portraits. The abovementioned galleries and museums will host the exhibition at different times: from June, 13 to September, 24 2017 at the Musée d’Orsay; from October, 26 to February, 11 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery of London; from March, 24 to July, 1 2018 at the National Gallery of Art of Washington.

The focus of the exhibition will be on the chronological development of Cézanne’s portraiture, taking into account the changes of his style and method, his unique method of building form with color, and his analytical approach to nature that influenced the art of Cubists, Fauvists, and successive generations of avant-garde artists. In addition, the exhibition will show how Cézanne produced multiple versions of a same subject. for example, the series of four versions of Madame Cézanne in a Red Dress.