Madame Cezanne in the Conservatory (1891)
painting 126 of 352 by Paul Cézanne

Madame Cezanne in the Conservatory, 1891 by Paul Cézanne

Information about painting

Cézanne met Hortense Fiquet, a former artist’s model, about 1869, but they did not marry until 1886. By that date, their son, Paul, was fourteen. According to him, this portrait was painted in 1891 in the conservatory of Jas de Bouffan, the Cézanne family estate, near Aix-en-Provence. Of the more than two dozen paintings for which Hortense posed, this unfinished canvas offers compelling insight into Cezanne’s working method.