Portrait of Achille Emperaire (1867-68) by Paul Cezanne

Portrait of Achille Emperaire - Paul Cezanne - 1868

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Achille Emperaire
ArtistPaul Cezanne
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions78 3/4 x 48 in. (200 x 122 cm)
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Portrait of Achille Emperaire

The artwork “Portrait of Achille Emperaire” was crafted by the artist Paul Cézanne in the year 1868. This portrait is executed using oil on canvas and is regarded as part of the Romanticism art movement, although its stylistic elements might also be seen as precursors to Post-Impressionism, with which Cézanne is more commonly associated. The piece measures 78 3/4 x 48 inches (200 x 122 centimeters) and falls within the genre of portraiture. Presently, the artwork is held in a private collection.

Depicted in this portrait is Achille Emperaire, a figure posing with an intense gaze directed toward the viewer. Cézanne’s use of dark, earthy tones and deep shadows highlights the subject’s features, which are rendered with bold and expressive brushstrokes. The figure is set against a dark, nondescript background, which serves to focus the viewer’s attention entirely on the subject. Despite its link to Romanticism, the painting’s technique foreshadows Cézanne’s later departure towards Post-Impressionism, emphasizing the artist’s gradual shift from traditional to more innovative and subjective approaches to portraiture.

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