Today is the birthday of Paul Cezanne the French Post impressionist (1839 – 1906). Cezanne, son of a banker in Province, he came to fame relatively late in life He studied law before entering his father’s bank (1859 -61) but left to study art in Paris at Académie Suisse, where he met Pissarro, Monet and many other painters though he failed his entrance exam for the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Pissarro became an important influence in Cezanne’s early career, introducing him to some of the techniques of impressionism. But Cezanne wanted to lend more weight to, what he referred as the lack of structure of impressionist painting;-
“I want to make of impressionism something solid and lasting like the art in the museums”
Early in his career, Cezanne used to paint from memory rather than use actual models , though later in his career, the artist preferred to work from his own observation of nature and the permanancy of classical composition. Cezanne painted still lifes and Landscapes for a long time and was obsessed with the geometric shapes of the cone, cylinder and sphere which appear in nature, as well as colour as tone. In his early work his main concern was with the figure within the landscape.
Cezanne was very influential towards other artists and is sometimes called the ‘father of modern art’ as he paved the way towards abstraction and Cubism. This can be seen by the strong geometry element that lies within his work, coupled with solidity and depth of volume and form. This flattening of space and form did indeed go a long some way to influencing Picasso and cubism. Picasso who didn’t give praise lightly, had this to say about Cezanne:
“My one and only master . . . Cezanne was like the father of us all”.
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For a more detailed look at this artists life HERE and HERE
THIS site has a lot of his work
5 thoughts on “‘Happy Birthday Paul Cezanne!)”
he real was a legend
Aye, even Picasso rated him (I love Picasso – the art not the man)
Cezanne, in my opinion had a style to draw people in -not only with his paintings, but obviously from your wonderful pose, also in his relationships.
Hey Jeanettete, he certainly did what you said – surely that whats life is about … He felt, it and was talented enoogh to expess iit – lots of people do this He just happened be a genius and made a major contriution to art and was in the right place at the right time…