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From patient artist's model to the artist’s muse.

Madame Cézanne à la chaise jaune, Paul Cézanne, 1888-1890, Fondation Beyeler

The lady in the yellow chair is Hortense Fiquet, wife and lover of the French artist Paul Cézanne. Her stern expression and rigid pose are likely due to the fact that she never shared Cézanne's passion for painting although she sat patiently as his model time and time again. Hortense must have been very much in love with Paul Cézanne – for he produced 26 paintings of her between the early 1870s and the early 1890s. One of these works is on display at Fondation Beyeler in Basel, where it has formed part of the museum's collection since its opening in 1997. 

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