Uncle Dominique

Paul Cézanne (French, 1839-1906)
Oil on canvas 
18-1/8 x 15 in. (46.1 x 38.2 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
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© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
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Staying with his family outside Aix-en-Provence, Cézanne painted nine portraits of his maternal uncle Antoine Dominique Sauveur Aubert in late 1866. He worked quickly, using both a brush and a palette knife and applying paint almost as though it were cement. The resulting works are not only images but also emphatically material objects. As we look at them, we cannot help but consider the process of their making. In the 1870s, Cézanne abandoned this bracing, savage manner in favor of the analytic approach for which he is best remembered today.


[Ambroise Vollard, Paris].
Auguste Pellerin (d. 1929) [by 1923], Paris, by inheritance to;
Jean-Victor Pellerin, Paris (sale, Galerie Charpentier Paris, 8 June 1956 to);
[Davey (Knoedlers, stock no. 6380)].
Frances Vogel (Mrs. A. L.) Spitzer, New York, by 1959 - still in 1967.
[Jane Wade, Ltd., New York, sold 17 September 1968 to];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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