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|Author: Paul Cezanne|
|Portraiture, Painting, Oil on canvas pasted on panel, 55.5x45.5 cm|
|Origin: France, Circa 1880/1881|
This self-portrait, unlike the others, was painted without the use of a mirror. In this painting, Cézanne made a variation of the portrait of himself done by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. While preserving the dimensions and composition of Renoir's pastel, Cézanne infused it with a different, more severe spirit. It lacks the rose tones that define the colour scheme of the pastel, using in their place a more prosaic bright ochre. Instead of the soft touches of the pastel chalks that create a homogenized surface, here there are broken, energetic brushstrokes whose dynamic is reinforced by their diagonal direction. Instead of the separate strands of hair in the pastel, there is a dense mass of colour. While Renoir's portrayal is mild, Cézanne's version is harsh and withdrawn.
|Source of entry: formerly in the collection of Otto Krebs, Holzdorf|
|Exibition: French Painting: 19th - 20th centuries|
|Transferred from Germany after World War II|
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