Monday, January 15, 2007

Father of Modern Art

Mount Sainte-Victoire, 1904-1906 by Paul Cézanne, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Cézanne is considered to be the father of modern painting. His use of loose brush strokes and flattened planes led to Impressionism and Cubism. His bright palette influenced the Fauvist painters, as well.


Marie N. said...

Cezanne! A favorite of mine. My folks have a beautiful Cezanne print nicely framed in the dining room. It makes the perfect finishing touch.

artsyfran said...

I love Cezanne. I've been reading your blog for a while. Sorry I have not commented. It's an awesome refresher from those art appreciation courses I took in college!

Anonymous said...

I love Cezanne! But I have to correct the poster: Cezanne did not lead to Impressionism, he marked to the contrary a departure of Impressionism because of his approach to painting; while Impressionism aimed at a quick snapshot with a fixed perspecitve, Cezanne spent up to 150 hours on a single painting,analyzing it from all perspectives. This multi-perspective approach has led early critics to call his art deformed, which makes sense if you look at the uneven shape of the bottle in this picture

In fact, he was a genius because he defied the single-perspective approach, acknowledging that our view of objects changes with time.
I highly recommend Merleau-Ponty's essay on Cezanne, called "Cezanne's Doubt", which elaborates on his innovative departure from Impressionism. It is true though that he inspired Cubism. That is why at the end of his career he said: "I am only the beginning of an artform that is yet to develop."

Yes, I really do love Cezanne.

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