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.

Key facts

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