Paul Cézanne

Paul Cézanne was considered the father of modern art. His work laid the foundations for the transition of art from the nineteenth to the twentieth century. During his life, Cezanne was a painter who was ignored by the public art world. He had few friends and, until 1895, presented his paintings only occasionally. He was appreciated only by a few impressionists and at the end of his life; he was also recognized by the new generations.

He was born in France part of a great influential family. He received a large inheritance, which kept him from having financial troubles while he pursued his chosen career in painting.

He left for Paris from Aix where he met other Impressionists. At the beginning of his career, he was interested on landscape paintings, which were painted large and heavy in very imaginative ways. However, his interest in working from direct observation evolved into a painting style with great impact on the influence to the Impressionists of his time because of the simplification of geometry and optical phenomenal effect of his arts to the viewers. His work bridged the Impressionism arts of the 19th century and the 20th century’s.

His works showed a great sense of mastery. The brushstrokes were highly recognizable; use of small strokes of the brush and color planes were created forming complex fields on the eye and the observed art in his paintings. Cézanne exerted study on geometry in his artworks.

Cézanne expressed an interest in the representation of contemporary life, painting the world as close as

possible to what he actually viewed in it, without worrying about idealizations, thematic or an involvement in style. He fought to develop an observation of the real world seen through the most accurate method of representing himself in his paintings.

Still Life paintings, watercolors and numerous self-portraits were among his many other works. Paul Cézanne died of pneumonia and his remains were buried in Aix-en-Provence in France. He lived from 1839 to 1906.

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