Boy in a Red Vest by Paul Cézanne
The Boy in the Red Vest (Le Garçon au gilet rouge), otherwise called The Boy in the Red Waistcoat, is a painting by Paul Cézanne, painted in 1889 or 1890. It is a fine case of Cézanne's gifted, nuanced, and innovative development work after 1880. Cézanne painted four oil portraits of this Italian boy in the red vest, all in various stances, which enabled him to contemplate the connection between the figure and space. The most renowned of the four, and the one generally referred to by this title is the one which delineates the boy in a melancholic situated posture with his elbow on a table and his head supported in his grasp. It is presently held in Zürich, Switzerland. The other three portraits, of various postures, are in exhibition halls in the US.
The famous painting by Paul Cézanne
The short brushstrokes and triangular creation of the work give a feeling of volume and underscore the stupendous soundness of the figure. The shades of the painting are rich, thick, and bubbly. The synthesis is composed of three main diagonals: the edge of the boy's tilted back and head, the point of the dark green curtain behind the boy, and the long edge of the seat and table rising from the lower left. These three points are countered by the edges of the boy's thighs and arms, creating a firmly articulated structure of intersecting diagonals. This painting was acquired from Cézanne by art vendor Ambroise Vollard, most likely in 1895, and progressively acquired by art authorities Marcell Nemes in 1909 and Gottlieb Reber in 1913. Art authority and supporter Emil Georg Bührle bought it from Beber in 1948. Following Bührle's demise in 1956, his beneficiaries gave the painting to the Foundation E.G. Bührle in 1960. In February 2008, the painting was taken from the Foundation E.G. Bührle in Zurich. It was the historical center's most important painting and was esteemed at $91 million. It was recovered in Serbia in April 2012.
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