"CĂ©zanneâ€™s Mirrors: The artist, his wife, his friend and the book"
with Adele Tutter, M.D., Ph.D.
The painter Paul CĂ©zanne and his friend, the writer Emile Zola, became fast friends during their adolescence in Provence. Zola went on to enjoy acclaim as a journalist, critic and novelist, while CĂ©zanne pursued his art for decades with virtually no commercial success. In 1886, Zola published L'Ĺ“uvre, a novel about a failed painterâ€”a thinly disguised caricature of CĂ©zanne. Furious at Zola, CĂ©zanne wrote him to thank him for the book, but broke off the relationship, never writing him again....
Or so was long believed. The recent discovery of a letter written in 1887 by CĂ©zanne to Zola thanking him for La Terre, the latest installment in the Les Rougon-Macquart series, upends this legend. Clearly, the cause of the relationshipâ€™s decline was more gradual and complicated than CĂ©zanneâ€™s presumed anger. As a means to understand the rift, a second look at L'Ĺ“uvre reveals volumes.
In this talk, Adele Tutter will present a close reading of L'Ĺ“uvre and the CĂ©zanne-Zola correspondence alongside an analysis of CĂ©zanneâ€™s self-portraits and his portraits of his wife, Hortense Fiquetâ€”works whose importance has only recently been appreciated, many of them painted in the late 1880s. This juxtaposition allows fresh insights into the unfolding dynamics of CĂ©zanneâ€™s complex relationships, and suggests a new formulation of the fascinating role of mirroring in adult lifeâ€”in particular, in creative artists. Many images will be shown.
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium