Boy in a Red Vest (1890) by Paul Cezanne

Boy in a Red Vest - Paul Cezanne - 1890

Artwork Information

TitleBoy in a Red Vest
ArtistPaul Cezanne
Date1890
Mediumoil,canvas
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationBarnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, US
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About Boy in a Red Vest

The artwork “Boy in a Red Vest” was created by Paul Cézanne in 1890. This oil on canvas portrait is a fine example of the Post-Impressionist movement and it is currently housed at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA, USA. It encapsulates Cézanne’s distinctive approach to form and color, which paved the way for the advent of modern art.

The artwork presents a young boy dressed in a vivid red waistcoat, which is the central feature of the composition. The color red commands attention, while the white shirt and dark tie contribute to the balance of the portrayal. Unwavering attention is drawn to the boy’s face, rendered with soft hues and gentle brushstrokes that evoke a contemplative mood. The background is largely indistinct, with suggestive shapes and tones that focus the viewer’s gaze on the figure. Cézanne’s application of paint, characterized by a patchwork of color and light, conveys both the physical presence of the subject and the psychological intensity of the moment. The artist’s skill in manipulating color and form to convey depth and emotion is evident in this work, which stands as a testament to the transformative power of Post-Impressionist art.

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