Games: Details competition no 426 by Tom Lubbock

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Guess who! Or rather, in which painting, by which painter?

Answers, on a postcard, to arrive by Monday 5 April, to : DETAILS 426, IoS, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL. Three winners will each receive a bottle of champagne

Details 424 came from Cezanne's Portrait of Gustave Geffroy (1895- 6). Geffroy was a critic who had praised Cezanne, and who later declared this portrait "one of his most beautiful works" - no personal vanity in the judgement, presumably; on the contrary, the pure aesthetic conviction that subject matter as such was quite indifferent. The head is supposed to be unfinished. "He only sketched in the face, saying `that will be for the end'. Alas, the end never arrived." But in this minimal configuration of spot-on dabs, Cezanne seems to be inventing something like pixillation. The picture is in the Musee D'Orsay, Paris.

The first three correct entries came from: Andrew Mead, London SW11; Ewen McAslan, Fife; and Isabel Robinson, Cambridge