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Young Italian Woman at a Table by Paul Cézanne

    Young Italian Woman at a Table by Paul Cézanne

    Young Italian Woman at a Table by Paul Cézanne was created in 1896. The painting is in J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. The size of the work is 92,1 x 73,5 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    Leaning on a fabric-covered table and resting her head in her hand, this young woman looks out with an enigmatic expression. Since the Renaissance, artists have used this pose to portray melancholy. The pose, combined with her hauntingly unreadable face, gives a human poignancy and psychological tension to the figure. Juxtaposing bold, individual strokes of color, Paul Cézanne built up the woman’s powerful physical presence and the space she occupies. As a twentieth-century painter and admirer of Cézanne observed, his later works, such as Young Italian Woman, have “an enormous sense of volume, breathing, pulsating, expanding, contracting, through his use of colors.” (Read more in J. Paul Getty Museum)

    About the Artist: French artist and Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne was born in Aix-en-Provence. In Paris, Cézanne met the Impressionist Camille Pissarro. Initially, the friendship formed in the mid-1860s between Pissarro and Cézanne was that of master and disciple, in which Pissarro exerted a formative influence on the younger artist. Cézanne’s early work is often concerned with the figure in the landscape… Read more

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