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.
10 Facts about Paul Cézanne
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.
He was born in Aix-en-Provence , in the south of France and died of pneumonia there. A prolific artist, he produced more than oil paintings and watercolours , including many incomplete works. His work helped the transition from the 19th century idea of art to the very different world of art in the 20th century. His brushstrokes are clearly recognizable. He used planes of colour and small brushstrokes that build up to form complex fields. Initially the friendship was that of master and disciple, with Pissarro exerting an influence on the younger artist.
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.
Cézanne and Impressionism
He was very much influenced having worked closely beside him for such a long period. After he began painting outdoor instead of recreating things indoors, he started to show that he had the ability to create a more structured painting, with clear distinctions between colors and a steady brushstroke. Marie Hortense Fiquet was a popular model at the time, lending more influence to his already well-regarded status as a post-impressionist painter.
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