This exhibition brings together two artists in the two rooms of Karsten Schubert London's viewing space in an 18th-century terraced house in Soho: Paul Cezanne (1830–1909) and Tess Jaray (b. 1937).
The three Cezanne drawings exhibited here have just returned from Cezanne at the Whitworth, a major exhibition celebrating the late art dealer, writer and publisher Karsten Schubert's (1961–2019) significant bequest of Cezanne drawings the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. The drawings comprise a portrait of Victor Chocquet, one of Cezanne’s most avid collectors and supporters, a tender study of the artist’s young son asleep, and an exuberant preparatory drawing for Five Bathers, once in the collection of Drue Heinz. Also included are four original letters by Cezanne, including correspondence with Camille Pissarro and Gustave Geffroy, the art critic whose well-known portrait by Cezanne is now part of the Musée D’Orsay collection.
This intimate display of Cezanne drawings is paired with new roundel paintings by Tess Jaray, one Europe's most influential abstract painters and a great admirer of Cezanne. These roundels mark a significant departure for the artist, whose work has investigated painterly perspective and colour for over five decades. Karsten Schubert London is delighted to show Jaray's latest, groundbreaking paintings in anticipation of her forthcoming solo exhibition at Secession, Vienna in February 2021.
About Tess Jaray
Examining the geometry of pattern, repetition and colour within her surroundings, Tess Jaray has explored painterly perspective for more than five decades. Jaray focuses on producing the illusion of space, using perspective to create a field of spatial paradox that equates to distance and closeness in the mind. In many of her works the area of pattern is contained by a strong, grounding background colour, thereby controlling the movement of the forms.
Tess Jaray (b. 1937) was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to the UK in 1938. She currently lives and works in London. Jaray studied at Saint Martins School of Art and Design, London (1954–1957) and later at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (1957–1960).
Press release courtesy Karsten Schubert.
Room 2, Soho, London