In 1896, Joachim Gasquet, a writer and art critic, was a friend and business partner of the French artist Paul Cézanne. Gasquet is best known for his writing about artists, particularly Cézanne. It is said that during a portrait sitting in 1896, Gasquet saw several of Cézanne’s paintings, including possibly “Old Woman with a Rosary” and “The Card Players.” During this same visit to Cézanne’s studio in Aix-en-Provence, Gasquet found one of Cézanne’s paintings lying on the floor. This painting was titled “The Portrait of Joachim Gasquet.”
According to Gasquet’s account, the sitter in the painting is believed to be a former nun who had escaped from a convent and became Cézanne’s servant. The portrait displays many characteristics seen throughout Cézanne’s work; such as vivid color palettes and bold brushstrokes interpreting the subject matter.
Cézanne repeatedly returned to his hometown of Aix-en-Provence to paint subjects that were meaningful to him personally or captured what he perceived as authentic local life. His work indicates an avant-garde approach where viewpoint shifts with every stroke made on canvas; but it also exhibits exceptional sensitivity towards his models or sitters – this can be seen within his portrait works like “The Portrait of Joachim Gasquet.”
Overall, written accounts from friends like Joachim Gasquet give us insight into how famous artists lived their lives and created their masterpieces through other perspectives rather than just our own visual interpretations- which adds complexity and depth when analyzing such artwork today.