Plate: 155 x 115 mm; paper 245 x 185 mm; mount 555 x 405 mm
Cézanne etched this portrait of fellow painter Guillaumin while
the pair were visiting artist Camille Pissarro at his home in
Pontoise, France. The Impressionist trio first met while studying
art at the Académie Suisse in Paris, remaining lifelong friends and
inspirations to one another. Although Guillaumin did not achieve
the fame of the other two artists, his influence on their work was
significant. Alongside Pissarro, he urged Cézanne to start etching.
Cézanne’s first attempt was a landscape based on Guillaumin’s
paintings of boats on the River Seine.