Paul Cézanne. Boy in a Red Vest. 1888-90

Paul Cézanne

Boy in a Red Vest


Oil on canvas
32 x 25 5/8" (81.2 x 65 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David Rockefeller
Object number
Painting and Sculpture
This work is on view on Floor 5, in a Collection Gallery, with 19 other works online.
Paul Cézanne has 22 works  online.
There are 2,382 paintings online.

Though Cézanne rarely hired professional models, an Italian named Michelangelo di Rosa was the subject for this work—one in a series of four paintings and two watercolors he made of this boy in a red vest. Di Rosa is seen here in profile, casually hunched over with his hands on his lap. The short brushstrokes and triangular composition of the work provide a sense of volume and underscore the monumental stability of the figure. In one account, the painting's first owner, the artist Claude Monet, referred to Boy in a Red Vest as the best picture he owned, and it inspired him to declare of his contemporary, "Cézanne is the greatest of us all."

Gallery label from Cézanne to Picasso: Paintings from the David and Peggy Rockefeller Collection, July 17–August 31, 2009

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