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Cezanne in Britain - National Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

OCTOBER 2006 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Paul Cezanne (1839-1906), one of the most influential, recognised and well-loved artists of all time.

To mark the centenary, the National Gallery is hosting an exhibition, Cezanne in Britain which, as the name suggests, focuses entirely on the artist’s works held in British collections.

A shy and reclusive man, Cezanne never came to Britain. However, and due largely to pioneering collectors and forward-thinking dealers and scholars, his work made a remarkable impact here.

In fact, Britain now holds the world’s most outstanding collection of the artist’s works, around 40 of which will be on display in the Sunley Room of the National Gallery.

These will include paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints that together cover a wide range of subject matter – portraits, still lifes and landscapes – and as such, will trace the full development of Cezanne’s work.

Moreover, world-renowned paintings such as Bathers and Mont Sainte-Victoire will hang alongside rarely seen works from private collections.

The exhibition runs from October 4, 2006 to January 7, 2007.

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Admission is free.