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.
Cézanne 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.