Paul Cezanne: Portraits by the Artist with Sabry Amroussi

Paul Cezanne: Portraits by the Artist with Sabry Amroussi


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As the Cezanne retrospective at the Art Institute in Chicago is in full swing, we will focus on one exciting aspect of the art of Paul Cezanne: his many portraits. 

This talk is devoted to the famed post-impressionist artist's portraits from across his career. The talk explores the unconventional aspects of his portraiture, the role his portraits play in the development of his radical style and method, and the range and influence of his sitters. 

Rather than accepting commissions for portraits, Cézanne painted them as part of his ongoing experimentation as he searched for a pictorial language to capture his intense perceptions of the world. He rarely painted people he did not know; instead, he portrayed himself, his family, his friends, art-world admirers, and working-class inhabitants of his native Aix-en-Provence with whom he felt an affinity. A unique and often moving look into the artist’s world. 

The Cezanne retrospective will travel to the Tate Gallery in London in October 2022.

Sabry Amroussi is an art historian and writer living and working in Amsterdam. He specializes in the art of the Dutch Golden Age, mainly in the works of Rembrandt and his school, and has a keen interest in the Jewish history of Amsterdam. He lectures and teaches on both subjects and gives art historical tours all across Europe. As a true omnivore when it comes to art, culture, and even cuisine, he has worked with and for major museums and collectors, such as the LACMA, Rijksmuseum, van Gogh Museum and the P de Boer collection in Amsterdam. As a guide for Context, he is eager to share this knowledge in real life, always with a big scoop of humor, ofter intermingling art with social life, cuisine, and history.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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