This lecture has been moved from March 14th to May 23rd. 

Portraits by Paul Cézanne were widely seen as shockingly inept when they were first exhibited, but a small circle of artists and critics recognized them as extremely radical works. This lecture, by the curator of the first-ever survey of these portraits, explores how Cézanne’s extended, methodical method of painting—“one stroke after the other,” as he described it—readily led to the creation of one painting after the other of the same subject. Cézanne was largely indifferent to the “personality” or “character” of his sitters—long thought to be necessary aims of portraiture—and wanted simply to paint the objective, permanent presence of someone seen.

John Elderfield, chief curator emeritus, Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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Presented with the support of Scott and Isabelle Black.