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Paul Cézanne: 'An Old Woman with a Rosary'

According to the poet and writer Joachim Gasquet, the sitter in this painting was a former nun who had escaped from a convent and had wandered aimlessly until the painter took her on as a servant.

Gasquet found this painting in 1896 at Cézanne's family house near Aix-en-Provence, lying on the floor of the artist's studio with a pipe dripping on it. The lower left hand corner is marked by splashed water or steam.


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