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“ The art exhibition of the year. ”
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
Opening Thursday 26 October 2017
Wolfson and Lerner Galleries
Tickets £18 (£20 with donation)
Alternatively please book your tickets using the authorised methods below or become a Member to enjoy free and unlimited entry to all exhibitions. You will not need to pay more than the price of Gallery Membership to see the exhibition.
By phone 020 7321 6600
Daily 10.00 – 17.30 (transaction fee applies)
In person at the Gallery
Daily 10.00 – 17.00, Thursdays & Fridays until 20.00
Tickets with donation* Full price £20 / Concessions £18.50
Tickets without donation Full price £18/ Concessions £16.50
Concessions include: senior citizens (aged 60 and over), students, children 12–18 years, registered unemployed, disabled people (with free entry for one carer). Proof of age or status required.
Become a Member today to enjoy immediate and unlimited entry to all ticketed exhibitions with no need to book. In addition Members receive an array of fantastic benefits including special exhibition previews, priority booking and a 10% discount in the Gallery Shops, Portrait Restaurant and Portrait Café.
Membership starts from just £55 by Direct Debit.
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Patrons enjoy all of the benefits of Membership as well as an exclusive events programme including opening night Private Views and curator-led tours.
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Gallery Members, Supporters and children under 12 years in family groups.
National Art Pass holders 50% discount
Tickets £17.50 (£15.50 without donation) on Wednesdays for visitors aged 60 years and over and on Thursdays for Students.
Proof of age or status required.
Book an Adult or Senior ticket and receive 50% off tickets for up to four children (12 – 18).
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.
Special tours are available for groups, including a lecture and opportunity to explore the exhibition. For more information visit group tours.
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday afternoons
Don’t miss your chance to experience the ‘greatest painting show of 2017’ for less. On selected Sundays, Mondays & Tuesdays during December and January you can see Cézanne Portraits for just £10 after 15.00. Tickets are available in advance and on the day. See dates and terms and conditions below.
- Tickets £10 (£12 with donation) on Sundays, Mondays & Tuesdays from Monday 4 December 2017 to Tuesday 30 January 2018 inclusive.
- Excluding 31 December 2017 and 1/2 January 2018 (Gallery closed on 24/25/26 December)
- Available from 15.00 until 17.00 only
- Not valid in conjunction with any other offer/discount/concession
- Offer subject to availability and standard terms of purchase
- No cash alternative
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place
020 7306 0055
Daily 10.00 – 18.00
Thursdays and Fridays until 21.00.
Last admission to the exhibition is one hour before the Gallery closes.
Exiting commences ten minutes before the closing time.
Getting to the Gallery
Leicester Square / Charing Cross
For directions to the Gallery please click here
Orange Street Street ramp/shop entrance in St Martin's Place
Recorded information: 020 7312 2463
Late Shift offers new ways to explore the Gallery after hours and socialise after work. Every Thursday and Friday enjoy a mix of art, music, drinks, talks, drawing and history until 21.00.
The Gallery has joined with Kirker Holidays to offer a luxury short break for two to Provence, France.
The prize includes return Eurostar tickets, private car transfers, and accommodation with breakfast for three nights at the 4* deluxe Hotel Le Pigonnet; a luxury boutique hotel with gardens from which Cézanne painted some of his views of the Mont Sainte Victoire. Also included is a guided tour of the Atelier de Cézanne – the artist’s former studio, perfectly preserved as he left it, as well as the services of the Kirker Concierge to arrange tickets or table reservations as required.
The competition is in partnership with Kirker Holidays, and in association with PAUL.
This competition has now closed