Cezanne: A Life by Alex DanchevA major biography--the first comprehensive new assessment to be published in decades--of the brilliant work and restless life of Paul Cezanne, the most influential painter of his time and beyond, whose vision revolutionized the role of the painter and changed the way artists would see and depict the world forever after.
Alex Danchev, with brisk intellect, rich documentation, and eighty color illustrations, tells the story of an artist who, during his lifetime, was considered a madman, a barbarian, and a revolutionary. Beginning with the restless teenager from Aix, Danchev carries us through the trials of a painter who believed that art must be an expression of temperament but who was tormented by self-doubt; whose work sold to no one outside his immediate circle until late into his thirties; who fiercely maintained the revolutionary belief that to paint from nature is not to copy an object; it is to represent its sensations. And Danchev shows us how the implications of this belief became the obsession of many other artists and writers, from Matisse to Samuel Beckett. The book delivers not only the fascinating life of this visionary artist and remarkable man but a complete assessment of his ongoing influence in the artistic imagination of our own time.
Paul Cezanne | 10 Interesting Facts About The French Painter
His work is said to have formed the bridge between late 19th century Impressionism and the dominant style in early 20th century, Cubism. Read these 10 facts and know more about one of the greatest painters of all time. This made Cezanne financially secure, a privilege which was unavailable to most of his contemporaries. He did attend law school of the University of Aix from to , but during that time he also received drawing lessons. Eventually, Cezanne committed himself to pursuing his artistic developments and left Aix for Paris in His father gave in to his decision and he received an inheritance of , francs. In his early years, Paul Cezanne became friends with Baptistin Baille ; and Emile Zola , who later became a famous writer.
He was very much influenced having worked closely beside him for such a long period.
a word of encouragement during failure
Who Was Paul Cezanne?
In particular, the evolution of cubism and abstraction was largely due to his innovations. During the second half of the 19th century French impressionism created a dramatic break with the art of the past. In conception and appearance the style was radically new and, although it initially inspired public ridicule, it soon affected nearly every ambitious artist in western Europe. For each of these artists impressionism was an illusionistic style which differed from the tradition of Renaissance illusionism in its greater emphasis upon vibrant, natural color and on an immediate confrontation with the phenomena of the visible world. As the style developed during the s, however, it increasingly became characterized by paintings which were flat rather than illusionistic.
The mastery of design, tone, composition and color that spans his life's work is highly characteristic and now recognizable around the world. His father, Philippe Auguste, was the co-founder of a banking firm that prospered throughout the artist's life, affording him financial security that was unavailable to most of his contemporaries and eventually resulting in a large inheritance. Returning to Aix, he entered his father's banking house but continued to study at the School of Design. His attempt to work in his father's business was abortive, so in , he returned to Paris, where he stayed for the next year and a half. He retreated there, for instance, during the Franco-Prussian War The subject matter is brooding and melancholy and includes fantasies, dreams, religious images and a general preoccupation with the macabre.
Such landscapes as Mont Sainte-Victoire c. In his late 60s he succumbed to pneumonia and died a few days later. The early s was a period of great vitality for Parisian literary and artistic activity. The sensitive dynamism of this youthful period, with the inner feverishness that it reveals, foreshadows the daring innovations of Fauvism and of modern Expressionism , particularly the works of Maurice de Vlaminck and Georges Rouault. He took with him Marie-Hortense Fiquet, a young woman who had become his mistress the previous year and whom he married in There he began to paint landscapes, exploring ways to depict nature faithfully and at the same time to express the feelings it inspired in him. He began to approach his subjects the way his Impressionist friends did; in two landscapes from this time, Snow at Estaque 71 and The Wine Market , the composition is that of his early style, but already more disciplined and more attentive to the atmospheric, rather than dramatic, quality of light.