Victor Chocquet (Primary Title)

Paul Cézanne, French, 1839 - 1906 (Artist)

ca. 1877
oil on canvas
Unframed: 13 7/8 × 10 3/4 in. (35.24 × 27.31 cm)
Framed: 19 1/2 × 16 1/4 in. (49.53 × 41.28 cm)
Not on view
Victor Chocquet, a customs official who avidly collected art, supported Cézanne during the artist’s early career. Cézanne received his first ever commission from him— this portrait resulted from that exchange. Chocquet particularly admired the modeling Cézanne achieved in this painting through the buildup of small brushstrokes and the use of complementary colors, such as the green and red tones of the cheeks. Upon his death in 1891, this visionary collector held more than thirty paintings by Cézanne in his collection along with artworks by fellow Impressionists Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Claude Monet.
Not signed.
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon
2019-2020: "Van Gogh Monet Degas, The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts", Palazzo Zabarella, Padua, Italy, October 26, 2019 - March 1, 2020

2019: Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Their Times: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN, February 2 - May 5, 2019

2018: "Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts", The Frick Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, March 17 - July 15, 2018; Oklahoma Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 22 - September 22, 2019

Victor Chocquet: Art Collector and Friend of the Impressionists Renoir, Cezanne, Monet, Manet, Oskar Reinhart Collection, Winterthur, Switzerland, February 20 - June 7, 2015

Cézanne and Twentieth-Century Italian Artists, Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome, October 4, 2013-February 2, 2014

The Private Collection of Edgar Degas, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sep. 22, 1997-Jan. 11, 1998

Degas as Collector, National Gallery, London, May 22-Aug. 26, 1996

Degas, VMFA, May 23-July 9, 1978

Impressionistes, Galerie Beyer, Basel, Oct.-Nov. 18, 1967

Foundation Rudolphe Staechelin: de Corot à Picasso, Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris, April 10-June 28, 1964

Sammlung Rudolf Staechelin, Kunstmuseum, Basel, May 13-June 17, 1956

Cézanne, Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris, 1936

Französische Malerie, Kunsthalle, Bern, 1920 (1)

(1) only record of this exhibition is in Rewald, The Paintings of Paul Cézanne, 1996
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