ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Cézanne
“Objects penetrate one another.
They never cease to be alive.”
—Paul Cézanne, as reported by
Joachim Gasquet in Cézanne (1921)
Born January 19th 1839 and living until October 22nd 1906, Cezanne was a French artist and Post-Impressionist whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th-century conception of artistic endeavor to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century.
Against his father's wishes, in 1856, Cezanne took up drawing and painting lessons at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1856. To give way to his passion for the arts, he continued art studies while pursuing law to please his father. This allowed him to develop his artistic skills and follow his father's intentions of sending him to law school. Thankfully, Cezanne eventually became a full-time artist, joining the Impressionist movement among artists including Monet and Pissaro, who became his biggest influence.
Best known as a painter, Cézanne used planes of color and small brushstrokes that build up to form complex fields. The paintings convey Cézanne's intense study of his subjects.
In his four decades career, Cezanne created more than 900 oil paintings and 400 watercolors, and his works influenced artists such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Cezanne's work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th-century conception of artistic endeavor to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. He is regarded as no less than the father of modern art, an opinion strongly held by Picasso, among other major figures of this century and the last.
If you happen to be in the NYC area, make sure to visit the current Cézanne Drawing exhibit at the MoMa. On display through September 25th!
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