Cezanne and his genius
Paul Cezanne was another major artistic influence.
He was born in 1839 and was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. His highly
characteristic short brush strokes were unique and clearly recognizable. He used planes of color and small brushstrokes that build up to form
complex fields and his paintings show repetitive and intense studies of his subjects.
Cézanne is said to have formed the bridge between late 19th-century Impressionism and the early 20th century’s new line of artistic expression which was mainly Cubism. Both Matisse and Picasso are said to have remarked that Cézanne “is the father of us all.”
Cezanne is rejected
It seems that most Impressionistic painters were initially rejected by art society and it was no different for Cezanne. His paintings were shown in the first exhibition of the French Salon in 1863, which displayed works not accepted by the jury of the official Paris Salon. They rejected Cézanne’s submissions every year from 1864 to 1869. He continued to submit works to the Salon until 1882. In that year the Portrait of Louis-Auguste Cézanne, (The artist’s father reading “L’Événement”), was accepted. This was his first and last successful submission to the Salon.
In later years a few individual paintings were shown at various venues, until 1895, when an art dealer gave the artist his first solo exhibition. Despite the increasing public recognition and financial success, Cézanne chose to work in increasing isolation, usually painting in his beloved southern Provence far from Paris.
As the 19th century came to a close, Cézanne’s art was increasing in depth, in concentrated richness of color, and in skill of composition. He felt capable of creating a new vision. From 1890 to 1905 he produced masterpieces, one after another such as 10 variations of the Mont Sainte-Victoire, countless still-life images, and the Bathers series.
Cézanne died on October 22, 1906 after he was caught in a storm while working in the field. He passed away from pneumonia and was buried in his hometown of Aix-en-Provence.