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The Painter's Father, Louis-Auguste Cézanne
Paul Cézanne

An older man sits, legs crossed and head bowed, absorbed in his reading. This is Cézanne’s father, Louis-Auguste. He was probably in his early sixties when his son painted this portrait directly onto an alcove wall in the salon of Jas de Bouffan, the country residence outside Aix-en-Provence that Louis-Auguste had bought in 1859.

A photograph said to have been taken in 1905 shows the portrait still in place, flanked by four paintings of the seasons (Petit Palais, Paris).

Key facts
Artist Paul Cézanne
Artist dates 1839 - 1906
Full title The Painter's Father, Louis-Auguste Cézanne
Date made about 1865
Medium and support Oil on house paint on plaster mounted on canvas scrim
Dimensions 167.6 x 114.3 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1968
Inventory number NG6385
Location in Gallery Room 41
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