Paris via New York, French Artists and their Muses


From Betty Guernsey, a frequent contributor to What’s New in Paris:

This December, two major shows for the festive season shine the spotlight on Cézanne, Picasso, and two of the women who inspired them. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Madame Cézanne” lends fascinating insight into Hortense Fiquet, who began her liaison with the artist in Paris in l869 and became his wife in 1886, 17 years later. Over the course of their relationship, she was his most painted model – the exhibit features 24 of his 29 known portraits of her, mirroring the subtle gradations in the development of his much-revered style (November 19 – March 15).

Picasso & Jacqueline” (October 31 – January 10) spreads itself over two locations of the Pace Gallery, 534 West 25th and 32 East 57th – Chelsea showing portraits and photos, 57th Street mainly drawings. With Picasso it was a case of constantly changing muses; this one zeroes in on the last woman in his life, Jacqueline Roque, whom he met in Vallauris in 1952 when he was 70 and she 25. Picasso may have mellowed, but not lost his prolific touch – his hundreds of portraits of Jacqueline, who became his wife in 1961, are witty and above all, entertaining.

Un grand merci, Betty!

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