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Portrait of a man with a beard and mustache

A head and shoulders portrait of a fair skinned man, is rendered with blocky, individual brushstrokes. He is shown facing us and looking to the right, his face made up of small swatches of pinks and tans, with pale green, gray and brown shadows. His neatly trimmed beard and mustache are dark brown, and his eyes almost black. He wears a high collared white shirt and a gray overcoat, shaded with brown and green. The background is a mottled blue-gray with lavender touches.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Paul Cézanne, French (Aix-en-Provence 1839 - 1906 Aix-en-Provence)
Jules Peyron
Work Type
c. 1885-1887
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Physical Descriptions

Oil on canvas
46.4 x 38.1 cm (18 1/4 x 15 in.)
framed: 69.2 × 62.2 × 8.3 cm (27 1/4 × 24 1/2 × 3 1/4 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Paul Cézanne. Hans Wendland, Berlin, (until c. 1918-1922). [Ambroise Vollard, Paris], (c. 1918-1922 until 1936) sold; to [Reid & Lefevre, London] (1936-1937), sold; to [Alfred Gold, Berlin and New York] (1937-1948) sold; to [Wildenstein & Company, New York] (1948-1949), sold; to [Otto L. Spaeth, New York]. [Fine Arts Associates, New York] (until 1954) sold; to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pulitzer, Jr. (1954-1961) gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1961.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pulitzer, Jr.
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Julius Meier-Graefe, Cézanne und sein Kreis (Munich, Germany, 1918), repr. p. 168
  • Georges Riviere, Le Maitre Paul Cezanne, Henri Floury (Paris, France, 1923), p. 213
  • Julius Meier-Graefe, Cezanne, E. Benn/Scribner (London, England and New York, NY, 1927), pl. LXIX
  • Roger Fry, "Cezannes Udvikling", Samleren (1929), repr. p. 118
  • Stephan Bourgeois, "Vivid Panorama of Cezanne", Art News (November 7, 1936), vol. XXXIV, repr. p. 10
  • Ambroise Vollard, Paul Cezanne, His Life and Art (New York, NY, 1937), pl. 20
  • Catalogue de la 50e exposition: centenaire du peintre independant Paul Cezanne, exh. cat., Société des Artistes Indépendants (Paris, France, 1939), fig. 12
  • Charles Scott Chetham, Modern Painting, Drawing & Sculpture: Collected by Louise and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1957), pp. 26-27, fig. 7, ill. (plate section, b/w)
  • Werner Hofmann, Das Irdische Paradies (Munich, Germany, 1960), fig. 64
  • Werner Hofmann, "Chronique des Arts", Gazette des Beaux-Arts (February 1963), repr. no. 162
  • Rosamond Bernier, "Une Collection du Middle West", L'oeil (December 1967), no. 156, p. 32, fig. 1
  • Caroline A. Jones, Modern Art at Harvard: The Formation of the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Collections of the Harvard University Art Museums (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press, 1985). With an essay by John Coolidge and a preface by John M. Rosenfield. To accompany the inaugural exhibition at the Sackler Museum, Oct 21 1985 - Jan 5 1986, p. 86
  • Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990)
  • Françoise Cachin, Cézanne, exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA, 1996), p. 547, repr. in b/w
  • John Rewald, The Paintings of Paul Cezanne: A Catalogue Raisonné, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1996), p. 389 as no. 578, repr. in Vol II as no. 577 (images were incorrectly assigned to catalogue entries) on p. 193
  • Joachim Pissarro, Cezanne & Pissarro: Pioneering Modern Painting 1865-1885, exh. cat., The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY, 2005), p. 47, repr. in color as fig. 38, p. 48
  • Bertram Schmidt, "Picasso und Cézanne: Zur Entstehung der kubistischen Bildsprache, Jahrbuch der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen in Baden-Württemberg (2007), Vol. 44, pp. 82-112, pp. 96, 98
  • Marjorie B. Cohn, Classic Modern: the Art Worlds of Joseph Pulitzer Jr., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2012), p.128, fig. 6.5
  • Gedi Sibony, Marjorie B. Cohn, and Emily Rauh Pulitzer, In the Still Epiphany, exh. cat., Pulitzer Arts Foundation (St. Louis, MO, 2012), fig. 6, p. 54 [on display at Pulitzer Foundation]
  • Alex Danchev, John Eledrfield, Annabelle Mathias, Mary G. Morton, Xavier Rey, and Jayne Warman, Cézanne Portraits, exh. cat., Gallimard and Musée d'Orsay (Paris, 2017), pp. 93-94, 96, repr. p. 96 as fig. 34
  • Alexander Eiling, ed., Cézanne: Metamorphoses, exh. cat., Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe, 2017), cat. no. 50, repr. p. 228

Exhibition History

  • Unidentified Exhibition, Galerie Bernheim Jeune, 1914, Galerie Bernheim Jeune, Paris, 01/01/1914 - 12/31/1914
  • Paul Cézanne, Bignou Gallery, New York, 11/01/1936 - 12/31/1936
  • Unidentified Exhibition, Reid and Lefebre, 1937, Reid and Lefebre, London, 01/01/1937 - 12/31/1937
  • Quelques Maitres du 18e et 19e Siecles, Durand-Ruel Paris, Paris, 01/01/1938 - 12/31/1938
  • A Loan Exhibition of Cézanne, Wildenstein Gallery, New York, New York, 03/27/1947 - 04/26/1947
  • French Portraits of the XIXth Century, Wildenstein Gallery, New York, New York, 01/04/1948 - 12/31/1948
  • Unidentified Exhibition, Fine Arts Associates, 1952, Fine Arts Associates, 01/01/1952 - 12/31/1952
  • Unidentified Exhibition, Pavilion de Vendome, 1956, Pavilion de Vendome, Aix-en-Provence, 01/01/1956 - 12/31/1956
  • Modern Painting Drawing and Sculpture Collected by Louise and Joseph Pulitzer Jr, Knoedler & Co. Inc., New York, 04/09/1957 - 05/04/1957; Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/16/1957 - 09/15/1957
  • Modern Art at Harvard, Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, 07/31/1999 - 09/26/1999; Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, 10/09/1999 - 11/14/1999; Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya, 12/02/1999 - 12/27/1999; Oita City Museum, Oita, 01/06/2000 - 02/06/2000; Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki, Ibaraki, 02/11/2000 - 03/26/2000
  • In the Still Epiphany, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, 04/05/2012 - 10/27/2012
  • 32Q: 2700 Impressionism, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 02/11/2016
  • Cézanne: Metamorphoses, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, 10/28/2017 - 02/11/2018

Subjects and Contexts

  • Google Art Project

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