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Camille Pissarro, Portrait of Cezanne

Key facts
Full title Portrait of Cezanne
Artist Camille Pissarro
Artist dates 1830 - 1903
Date made 1874
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 73 × 59.7 cm
Acquisition credit On loan from the collection of Laurence Graff OBE
Inventory number L672
Location Room 44
Image copyright On loan from the collection of Laurence Graff OBE, © Laurence Graff OBE
Collection Main Collection
Portrait of Cezanne
Camille Pissarro

Pissarro's influence profoundly changed the direction of Cézanne's art as they worked together at Pontoise in the early 1870s. In this portrait of Cézanne, a painting by Pissarro hangs at the lower right. Two political prints show the statesman Adolphe Thiers on the left and the painter Courbet on the right, famous men of the day who both seem to acknowledge Cézanne. The portrait is a tutor's affectionate testament of support and friendship for a brilliant protégé, and a humorous prediction that fame and glory would one day be his.

The portrait hung in Pissarro's studio until his death in 1903.

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