Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906)
Oil on canvas
25 5/8 x 21 1/2 in. (65.1 x 54.6 cm)
The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Gift of Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, 1993, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002 (1993.400.1)
In the fall of 1866, Cézanne painted several portraits of his maternal uncle, Dominique Aubert. He was not a monk, but simply posed in a Dominican habit at the artist's request. In the mid-1860s, the young Cézanne applied paint thickly with a palette knife in order to emulate the paintings of his hero Courbet.