Woman with a Coffee Pot: Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne: Woman with a Coffee Pot

Paul Cezanne’s 1895 portrait woman with a Coffee Pot is probably of a servant or café employee known by the Cézanne family.

It combines elements of portraiture and still life, as well as Impressionism and Cubism. The sitter faces the artist squarely – the crease down the front of her dress creates a dividing line through the center of the canvas. Every element of the painting – the woman, coffee pot, mug, door, etc. – are easily recognizable, yet have been reduced to simple, geometric forms, particularly circles, cylinders, and cones.

The combination of multiple perspectives (the tabletop is viewed from a steeper angle than the objects that sit upon it) is a classic trait of the developing Cubist movement.

Paul Cezanne’s Woman with a Coffee Pot can be found in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France.

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