News Release: NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY TO STAGE FIRST MAJOR EXHIBITION DEVOTED ENTIRELY TO CÉZANNE'S PORTRAITS

Thursday 8 December 2016

The National Portrait Gallery is to stage the first exhibition devoted entirely to portraits by Paul Cézanne, it was announced today, Thursday 8 December 2016. This major new exhibition, Cézanne Portraits, will bring together for the first time over 50 of Cézanne's portraits from collections across the world, including works never before on public display in the UK.

Portraits previously unseen in the UK include the artist's arresting Self Portrait in a Bowler Hat (1885-6) on loan from the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek gallery in Copenhagen. Also on UK display for the first time since the 1930s will be Boy in a Red Waistcoat (1888-90), one of a series of paintings of a young man in Italian clothes identified as Michelangelo de Rosa, from the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, and Madame Cézanne in a Yellow Chair (1888-90) on loan from The Art Institute of Chicago, last exhibited in London in 1936 and 1939 respectively.

Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) painted almost 200 portraits during his career, including 26 of himself and 29 of his wife, Hortense Fiquet. Cézanne Portraits will explore the special pictorial and thematic characteristics of Cézanne's portraiture, including his creation of complementary pairs and multiple versions of the same subject. The chronological development of Cézanne's portraiture will be considered, with an examination of the changes that occurred with respect to his style and method, and his understanding of resemblance and identity. The exhibition will also discuss the extent to which particular sitters inflected the characteristics and development of his practise.

Works included in the exhibition will range from Cezanne's remarkable portraits of his Uncle Dominique, dating from the 1860s, through to his final portraits of Vallier, who helped Cézanne in his garden and studio at Les Lauves, Aix-en-Provence, made shortly before the artist's death in 1906. The paintings are drawn from museums and private collections in Brazil, Denmark, France, Japan, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Cézanne is widely understood to be one of the most influential artists of the nineteenth century. Generally categorised as a Post-Impressionist, his unique method of building form with colour, and his analytical approach to nature influenced the art of Cubists, Fauvists, and successive generations of avant-garde artists. Both Matisse and Picasso called Cézanne ‘the father of us all.'

Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director, National Portrait Gallery, London, says: ‘We are delighted to be staging this once in a lifetime exhibition in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. Up until now, Cezanne's portraiture has received surprisingly little attention, so we are thrilled to be able to bring together so many of his portraits for the first time to reveal arguably the most personal, and therefore most human, aspect of Cézanne's art.'

Cézanne Portraits is curated by John Elderfield, Chief Curator Emeritus of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, where he has organised numerous exhibitions, including major retrospectives devoted to Willem de Kooning, Henri Matisse, and Kurt Schwitters; with Mary Morton, Curator and Head of Department, French Paintings, National Gallery of Art and Xavier Rey, Director of Collections, Musée d'Orsay.

The exhibition is collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery, London; the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC and the Musée d'Orsay, Paris. It will be staged at all three venues, opening at the Musée d'Orsay from 13 June 2017 - 24 September 2017, the National Portrait Gallery from 26 October 2017 - 11 February 2018, and the National Gallery of Art from 25 March - 1 July 2018.

Cézanne Portraits
26 October 2017 - 11 February 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, London www.npg.org.uk
Tickets with donation: Full price £20/Concessions £18.50
Tickets without donation: Full price £18/Concessions £16.50
Free for Members and Patrons
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Press view: Wednesday 25 October 2017, 10.00-12.00

Publication
The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated book featuring 170 beautifully reproduced portraits, with an introductory essay on Cézanne's portraiture by exhibition curator John Elderfield and a dramatis personae on the sitters featured by the artist's biographer, the late Alex Danchev. Catalogue texts are by John Elderfield, Mary Morton and Xavier Rey, and a chronology by Jayne Warman sets the artist's work in the context of his life. The publication will be priced at £35.00. A Gallery exclusive paperback will also be available priced at £24.95.

For further press information or interview requests, please contact:
Laura McKechan, Senior Communications Manager, National Portrait Gallery, Tel. 020 7321 6620 (not for publication)/Email lmckechan@npg.org.uk
To download press releases and images, please go to: npg.org.uk/press

National Portrait Gallery 2017 Exhibitions

Last Chance to See

Picasso Portraits
Until 5 February 2017


Picasso's portraits epitomise the astonishing variety and innovation of his art. This major exhibition of over eighty works focuses on the artist's portrayal of family, friends and lovers and reveals his creative processes as he moved freely from drawing from life, humorous caricature and expressive painting from memory.

Sponsored by Goldman Sachs
Tickets with donation: Full price £19/Concessions £17.50
Free for Members and Patrons
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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016
Until 26 February 2017
 

Last chance to see this year's prize-winning photographs and those selected for inclusion in the 2016 exhibition of this prestigious photography award, which celebrates the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world.

Sponsored by Taylor Wessing

Tickets with donation: Full price £6/Concessions £5
Free for Members and Patrons
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New for 2017

Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask
9 March - 29 May 2017

The first exhibition to pair the works of contemporary artist Gillian Wearing with the innovative early twentieth century photographer Claude Cahun, Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask will draw together over 100 works by French artist Claude Cahun (1894-1954) and Gillian Wearing (b.1963). While they were born seventy years apart, they share similar themes around gender, identity, masquerade and performance.  Wearing has referenced Cahun overtly in the past: Me as Cahun holding a mask of my face is a reconstruction of Cahun's self-portrait Don't kiss me I'm in training of 1927, and forms the starting point of this exhibition, the title of which (Behind the mask, another mask) adapts a quotaton from Claude Cahun's Surrealist writings.

Exhibition organised in collaboration with Gillian Wearing
Spring Season 2017 sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Supported by Cockayne - Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation

Tickets with donation: Full price £12 / Concessions £10
Free for Members and Patrons
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Press View: Wednesday 8 March 2017 10.00-12.00 (with a tour at 10.30).

Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends
23 March - 18 June 2017

Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends
is the first exhibition devoted to the portraits of the British painter Howard Hodgkin. This important aspect of Hodgkin's work has been largely overlooked because his work appears abstract. However, the exhibition shows the breadth and nature of Hodgkin's long-standing engagement with portraiture. With over 55 works from collections around the world and dating from 1949 to the present, the exhibition will show the development of Hodgkin's portraits, exploring his important contribution to our understanding of what constitutes a portrait and examining key themes within the artist's work: colour, memory, emotion, process and imagination. 

Featuring key works from a range of international public and private collections, Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends traces the evolution of the artist's visual language and his engagement with a range of friends and others within the artist's circle. Peter Blake, Stephen Buckley, Patrick Caulfield, David Hockney, Philip King, R.B.Kitaj and Richard Smith are among the many leading artists portrayed.

Spring Season 2017 sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Tickets with donation: Full price £12/ Concessions £10
Free for Members and Patrons
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Press View: Wednesday 22 March 2016 10.00-12.00 (with a tour at 10.30).

BP Portrait Award 2017
22 June - 24 September 2017

2017 will mark the BP Portrait Award's 38th year at the National Portrait Gallery and 28th year of sponsorship by BP. This highly successful annual competition, with huge international reach, is aimed at encouraging artists over the age of eighteen to focus upon, and develop, the theme of portraiture in their work. The exhibition and award winners are selected by the judging panel which this year includes broadcaster Kirsty Wark and artist Michael Landy.  

Supported by BP

The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt
13 July - 22 October 2017
The creative encounter between individual artists and sitters is explored in this major exhibition featuring portrait drawings by some of the outstanding masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.  Drawn from the holdings of British collections, exquisite observational drawings by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Holbein, Rubens and Rembrandt will be on display in a celebration of portrait drawing from the life during a time of extraordinary artistic ingenuity. 


Cezanne Portraits
26 October 2017 - 11 February 2018
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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017
16 Nov 2017 - 18 Feb 2018

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is the leading international competition, open to all, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world. Showcasing talented young photographers, gifted amateurs and established professionals, the competition features a diverse range of images and tells the often fascinating stories behind the creation of the works, from formal commissioned portraits to more spontaneous and intimate moments capturing friends and family.

Sponsored by Taylor Wessing

For further press information on 2017 exhibitions, please contact:
Laura McKechan, Senior Communications Manager, National Portrait Gallery, Tel. 020 7321 6620 (not for publication)/Email lmckechan@npg.org.uk
Neil Evans, Media Relations Manager, National Portrait Gallery: Tel. 020 7312 2452 (not for publication) / Email nevans@npg.org.uk 

To download press releases and images, please go to: www.npg.org.uk/press

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