Paul Cézanne

“I could paint for a hundred years, a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing.” — Paul Cezanne

"Fruits like having their portrait painted. They seem to sit there and ask your forgiveness for fading. Their thought is given off with their perfumes. They come with all their scents, they speak of the fields they have left, the rain which has nourished them, the daybreaks they have seen." — Paul Cezanne

Paul Cézanne (19 Jan. 1839 – 22 Oct. 1906); French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th-century conception of artistic endeavor to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. Cézanne's often repetitive, exploratory brushstrokes are highly characteristic and clearly recognizable. He used planes of color and small brushstrokes that build up to form complex fields. The paintings convey Cézanne's intense study of his subjects.

Cézanne is said to have formed the bridge...

During a two-year period, 1869-1871, a youthful Paul Cezanne painted "The Black Clock," a still-life, and "The Railway Cutting," a landscape. Despite the different genres, they clearly reveal in remarkably similar ways, the emotional, psychological and spiritual pressures and motivations so fundamental to Cezanne's genius.

In terms of sheer artistic mastery and expressive force, the still-life is the greater painting, with massively interlocking, classical compositional forms, significant color, painterly thickness of paint paste, and strong contrasts of light and dark. The landscape is more thinly painted, more loosely-constructed, less condensed in form; a less massive, more open composition, as might be expected of a landscape.

Both, however, are equally profound in expressive significance....
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