Paul Cézanne is among the most celebrated painters in the canon. As Henri Matisse noted: “In modern art, it is undoubtedly to Cézanne that I owe the most.” With his portraits, still-lives, and landscapes, he sought to – as he famously quipped – “treat nature by means of the cylinder, the sphere, the cone.” Cézanne’s work bridged the gap between Impressionism and the pioneering developments in the School of Paris during the first decade of the 20th century. Discover why Pablo Picasso believed he was “the father of us all,” and how his remarkable paintings had such a profound impact on generations of artists.
Cézanne and Beyond, ex. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2009
Cézanne: A Life, by Alex Danchev
The Letters of Paul Cézanne, by Alex Danchev
1. In which ways was Cézanne an innovator?
2. How did Picasso, Matisse, and other artists respond to his work?
3. What are some of Cézanne’s most important works?
I learned a lot from this. The discussion of the relationship between the development of abstract art with the popularisation of photography is an interesting one. I would have been interested to hear about the painting I most associate with Cezanne, The Boy In The Red Vest (sic.)