Through February 26, Musée du Luxembourg hosts a special exhibition of Cézanne paintings he did while visiting Paris. Known best for his pastoral paintings of Provence, Cézanne also made over twenty trips to Paris, where he learned a style of painting that he would continue to develop in Provence, ultimately attracting interest and praise from critics, art dealers and collectors. The 80 works in this exhibition provide insight into the southern painter’s time in Paris.
The first section describes his arrival in Paris and early paintings, taking a close look at his mastery of landscape painting and use of impressionist techniques. It then explores Cézanne’s nudes. Working at a time when erotic paintings were becoming increasingly popular, he experimented with new ways to portray female nudes and invented his particular pictorial representation of them.
When King Louis XIII was still a child, his mother, Queen Marie de Medici had the Palais du Luxembourg built between 1615 and 1630. In 1750, the Palais du Luxembourg became the first French museum to be opened to the public. It is now located at the Jardin du Luxembourg.