NYC show focuses on portraits of Madame Cezanne

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Posted: Nov 17, 2014 2:30 PM
NYC show focuses on portraits of Madame Cezanne

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.

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.