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An Old Woman with a Rosary
Paul Cézanne

A old women, her gaze unfocused, clutches a rosary – a string of beads used in prayer – tightly in her hands. According to the writer Joachim Gasquet, the sitter was a former nun who had escaped from a convent, wandering aimlessly until Cézanne 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.

Key facts
Artist Paul Cézanne
Artist dates 1839 - 1906
Full title An Old Woman with a Rosary
Date made about 1895-6
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 80.6 x 65.5 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1953
Inventory number NG6195
Location in Gallery Room 41
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