Madame Cezanne in a Yellow Chair (1888-1890)
painting 124 of 352 by Paul Cézanne

Madame Cezanne in a Yellow Chair (Madame Cézanne in a Red Dress), 1888-1890 by Paul Cézanne

Information about painting

In size and conception, this is the most ambitious portrait of the many that Cézanne painted of his wife. It is closely related to three smaller paintings in which she also wears a shawl-collared red dress: one shows her posed in a similar fashion, holding a flower in her hand (Museu de Arte de São Paulo), and two present her seated in the same room and high-backed yellow chair (Art Institute of Chicago; private collection). The architectural features of the interior, including the mottled blue wall, the dark red band that edges the wainscoting, and the mirror over the fireplace identify this setting as the apartment that Cézanne rented at 15, quai d'Anjou, Paris, from 1888 to 1890.