We are in Aix en Provence enjoying all things Cézanne, including a portrait he did of his wife, Hortense (below), now hanging in Le Musée Granet .
Hortense was a frequent subject of her husband's paintings and there are 29 portraits of her in galleries and private collections around the world, but would she be happy that all are on pubic display? Or would she be like many wives today who insist on vetting the photos their husbands take of them before they are posted on Instagram?
Hortense was said to be 'high maintenance', and her portraits have been described as "surly", "remote" and "dismissive", so I reckon she'd have had something to say about her husband's portraits of her. If he was showing the world her pictures today I think her correspondence with her husband would go something like this:
Can you please not show anyone portraits of me until I see them first? As I am the only woman you seem comfortable painting it's the least you can do (BTW, I saw some of your recent nudes painted 'from memory"; honestly Paul, I think it's time we undressed with the lights on).
As for the portraits, what were you thinking? The first one looks like 'Ive fallen head first into a plate of spinach; in the second one my head looks like a giant potato wearing a toupee and I look like I've been pulled through a hedge backwards in the third one. Delete these shockers now; the last thing you want is for the neighbours to see them.