Antoine Dominique Sauveur Aubert (born 1817), the Artist's Uncle

Artist: Paul Cézanne (French, Aix-en-Provence 1839–1906 Aix-en-Provence)

Date: 1866

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 31 3/8 x 25 1/4 in. (79.7 x 64.1 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Wolfe Fund, 1951; acquired from The Museum of Modern Art, Lillie P. Bliss Collection

Accession Number: 53.140.1


In the autumn of 1866, while living at his family’s home near Aix-en-Provence, Cézanne undertook a series of paintings of his maternal uncle, Dominique Aubert, in different costumes. Here, he dons a robe and tasseled blue cap; in another work in the Museum’s collection, he poses as a monk (1993.400.1). A friend reported in November: "Every day there appears a [new] portrait of him." Cézanne applied his paint directly with a palette knife on the coarsely woven canvas, giving these pictures what he called a "gutsy" character.