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

Paul Cézanne Boy in a Red Vest 1888-90

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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
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

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