Cézanne not only anticipates Picasso but also Proust and Joyce as he meditates on the nature of the self. We are not continuous beings, his portraits suggest. We are mysteries to ourselves and others, divided and fragmentary behind our masks. He is the true inventor both of modern art and the modern soul.

Jonathan Jones, The Guardian

Cézanne Portraits

This major international exhibition brings together for the first time over fifty of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK.

Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) is one of the most influential artists of the nineteenth century and his unique method of building form with colour and analytical approach to nature influenced the art of Cubists, Fauvists, and successive generations of avant-garde artists.

Over a working life of some forty-five years, Cézanne made almost 1,000 paintings of which around 160 are portraits. The exhibition will offer a unique and fascinating insight into this central aspect of his work, highlighting the special pictorial and thematic characteristics of his portraiture including his creation of complementary pairs and different versions of the same subject.

The exhibition will also consider the extent to which particular sitters shaped the development of his practise. Paintings on display will range from multiple portraits of himself and his wife, Hortense Fiquet, Cézanne’s remarkable portrayals of his Uncle Dominique, dating from the 1860s, through to his final portraits of the gardener Vallier, who helped in his studio at Les Lauves, Aix-en-Provence.

Cézanne Portraits is curated by John Elderfield, Chief Curator Emeritus of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, with Mary Morton, Curator and Head of Department, French Paintings, National Gallery of Art and Xavier Rey, Director of Collections, Musée d’Orsay.

In collaboration with Musée d’Orsay, Paris and National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

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Opening date

Opening Thursday 26 October 2017
Open daily 10:00-18:00. Open late Thursday and Friday until 21:00.

Wolfson and Learner Galleries

Wolfson and Lerner Galleries
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

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Tickets £5 Cézanne per student/pupil for groups 10+ visiting from 10.00-14.00, booking and paying at least a month in advance. Find out more.

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Events

A range of free and ticketed events including talks, workshops, family activities and live music complements the exhibition

Events (22)

22 events matching the search term Cezanne

Family Art Workshop: Hats Off Portraits

Family Art Workshop: Hats Off Portraits

23 October 2017, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free but tickets required.

Experimental workshop using pastels props and paper to create a family portrait inspited by Cézanne Portraits. Led by deaf artist Christopher Sacre.

This session will be in BSL with BSL interpreter present.

Holiday Activities: People and Places

Holiday Activities: People and Places

  • Family||Workshop
  • BSL

23 October 2017, 14:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free ticket required

A week of ticketed and drop-in sessions exploring painting, inspired by Cézanne Portraits. This workshop on Monday 23 October will be led by deaf artist Chris Sacre with BSL interpretation.

Free ticket required and available 1 hour before event. 20 tickets available in each workshop for children plus accompanying adults

Family Art Workshop: Hats Off Portraits

Family Art Workshop: Hats Off Portraits

23 October 2017, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free but tickets required

Experimental workshop using pastels props and paper to create a family portrait inspited by Cézanne Portraits. Led by deaf artist Christopher Sacre.

This session will be in BSL with BSL interpreter present.

Drop-in: Portrait Jigsaws

Drop-in: Portrait Jigsaws

  • Family||Workshop

23 October 2017, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Create a family portrait inspired by Cézanne Portraits.

Family Art Workshop: Are you sitting comfortably?

Family Art Workshop: Are you sitting comfortably?

  • Family||Workshop
  • BSL

24 October 2017, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free but tickets required

Using Cézanne Portraits for inspiration explore drawing and painting your family sitting down

20 tickets available for children.  Tickets are allocated on a first-come, first served basis one hour before the event.  All children must  be accompanied

Drop-in: Pop up Sets

Drop-in: Pop up Sets

  • Family||Workshop

24 October 2017, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Design a room setting inspired by Cézanne Portraits

 No ticket required. Suitable for ages 3+

Family Art Workshop: Are you sitting comfortably?

Family Art Workshop: Are you sitting comfortably?

  • Family||Workshop

24 October 2017, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free but tickets required

Using Cézanne Portraits for inspiration explore drawing and painting your family sitting down

20 tickets available for children.  Tickets are allocated on a first-come, first served basis one hour before the event.  All children must  be accompanied

Family Art Workshop: Self Portraits

Family Art Workshop: Self Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

25 October 2017, 11:30-13:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free but tickets required.

Use different paint techniques to create a self portrait inspired by Cézanne Portraits

20 tickets available for children. Tickets are allocated on a first-come, first served basis one hour before the event. All children must be accompanied. Suitable for ages 5+

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Cézanne Portraits

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Cézanne Portraits

  • For Members

25 October 2017, 14:00-16:00
Wolfson and Learner Galleries

This major exhibition will bring together, for the first time, over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK.

No need to RSVP, simply bring your Membership card to the entrance of the exhibition for admittance to this Members’ only preview.

Drop-in: Hold on to your hats!

Drop-in: Hold on to your hats!

  • Family||Workshop

25 October 2017, 13:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Make a hat inspired by Cézanne Portraits. Drop-in, no ticket required

Family Art Workshop: Self Portraits

Family Art Workshop: Self Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

25 October 2017, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free but tickets required.

Use different paint techniques to create a self portrait inspired by Cézanne Portraits

20 tickets available for children. Tickets are allocated on a first-come, first served basis one hour before the event. All children must be accompanied. Suitable for ages 5+

In Conversation: Cézanne Portraits

In Conversation: Cézanne Portraits

A part of Late Shift
26 October 2017, 19:00
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

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John Elderfield, curator of the major new exhibition Cézanne Portraits, talks to Tim Marlow, Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts.

Family Art Workshop: Play-Doh Portraits

Family Art Workshop: Play-Doh Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

27 October 2017, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free but tickets required.

Join Play-Doh artist Eleanor Macnair to recreate a painting from Cézanne Portraits. During the workshop families will mould a background, figure and clothing to reinterpret the painting in vivid play-doh colours.

20 tickets available for children.  Tickets are allocated on a first-come, first served basis one hour before the event.  All children must  be accompanied.  Suitable for ages 5+

Family Art Workshop: Play-Doh Portraits

Family Art Workshop: Play-Doh Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

27 October 2017, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free but tickets required.

Join Play-Doh artist Eleanor Macnair to recreate a painting from Cézanne Portraits. During the workshop families will mould a background, figure and clothing to reinterpret the painting in vivid play-doh colours.

20 tickets available for children.  Tickets are allocated on a first-come, first served basis one hour before the event.  All children must  be accompanied.  Suitable for ages 5+

Life Drawing: Inspired by Cézanne

Life Drawing: Inspired by Cézanne

A part of Late Shift
27 October 2017, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £9 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Our popular life-drawing sessions take place on the last Friday of each month in the Ondaatje Wing Theatre. Suitable for all abilities, all materials provided.

Sunday Session: Painted Identities

Sunday Session: Painted Identities

  • Workshop||Young People

5 November 2017, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Work with professional artists Ed Sutcliffe and Peta Taylor to draw or paint multiple takes of the same subject, as seen in Cézanne Portraits. For ages 14 to 21 years only. To book your free place, email youthbookings@npg.org.uk or call 020 7312 2483.

Live Music: Anne Pigalle

Live Music: Anne Pigalle

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
10 November 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Embodying the femme fatale of the 40s, the revolutionary chanteuse presents French poetry and performance in response to Cézanne Portraits.

Weekend Workshop: Seeing Double - painting the same subject in different ways

Weekend Workshop: Seeing Double - painting the same subject in different ways

11 November - 12 November 2017, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £150 (£125 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Join artist Robin-Lee Hall to investigate Cézanne’s numerous experimental paintings using the same sitter. Paint a number of oil sketches from a live model exploring Cézanne’s approach through composition, colour and brushstrokes.

Live Music: EFG London Jazz Festival: Heidi Vogel

Live Music: EFG London Jazz Festival: Heidi Vogel

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
17 November 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Vocalist Heidi Vogel sings songs inspired by Cézanne Portraits and French composers from the early 20th century.

Live Music: Concordia Foundation: Impressionism in Music

Live Music: Concordia Foundation: Impressionism in Music

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
24 November 2017, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A soirée of Impressionist French chamber music and song in response to Cézanne Portraits.

Lecture: ‘Sit like an apple’: painting people as if they were things

Lecture: ‘Sit like an apple’: painting people as if they were things

A part of Late Shift
30 November 2017, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Professor Paul Smith, University of Warwick, attempts to explain why Cézanne painted portraits, and apples, in the peculiar way he did.

Members’ Evening Private View: Cézanne Portraits and Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

Members’ Evening Private View: Cézanne Portraits and Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

  • For Members

8 January 2018, 18:30-20:30
Main Hall, Porter, Learner and Wolfson Galleries

Our Members’ Evening Private Views give you the chance to visit the Gallery after-hours and are a great way to see our exhibitions away from the crowds.

Please RSVP to this event from 1 November

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