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Nov 17, 2014 11:56 AM

NYC show focuses on portraits of Madame Cezanne

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is opening an exhibition that focuses on the portraits Paul Cezanne made of his most frequent model his wife.

The exhibition, "Madame Cezanne," opens Wednesday and runs through March 15.

Twenty-four of the 29 known portraits of her will be on view.

Cezanne was 30 when he met Hortense Fiquet in Paris in 1869. She was 19 and working as a bookbinder.

C zanne kept the affair and their only child Paul a secret from his parents for fear of their disapproval. They eventually married in 1886.

It was a complicated relationship. He painted her for over 20 years but left her out of his will, leaving everything to their son.


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