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New York: Cezanne’s inspiration

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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. Twenty-four of the 29 known portraits of her will be on view in the exhibition, Madame Cezanne, which runs through March 15. Cezanne was 30 when he met Hortense Fiquet in Paris in 1869. She was 19 and working as a bookbinder. Cezanne 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.

Details: www.metmuseum.org or 212-535-7710

Associated Press

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