The Overture to Tannhäuser

The Overture to Tannhäuser is an 1869 oil-on-canvas painting by Paul Cézanne, now in the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg.[1] It came from the Moscow collection of Ivan Morozov. The painting shows two women, usually identified as Cézanne's sisters but possibly the daughters of his uncle Dominique Aubert, at the Cézanne family home near Aix-en-Provence.[2] Its title refers to the work played by the pianist on the left, the overture to the Wagner opera Tannhäuser.

The Overture to Tannhäuser
French: Jeune fille au piano—Ouverture du Tannhäuser
Jeune Fille au piano, par Paul Cézanne.jpg
ArtistPaul Cézanne
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions57 cm × 92 cm (22 in × 36 in)
LocationHermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

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  1. ^ (in Polish) Silvia Borghesi, Anna Nermin Germeyan (translator): Cézanne. Warszawa: HPS, 2006, s. 34, 35. ISBN 83-60529-01-9.
  2. ^ Gowing, Lawrence, with Adriani, Götz; Krumrine, Mary Louise; Lewis, Mary Tompkins; Patin, Sylvie; Rewald, John (1988). Cezanne: The Early Years 1859–1872. New York: Harry N. Abrams. p. 158. ISBN 9780810910485.