Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)

Mont Sainte-Victoire - Paul Cezanne

The Master of Aix

The Sainte-Victoire mountain near Paul Cézanne‘s home in Aix-en-Provence was one of his favorite subjects and he is known to have painted it over 60 times.  He was fascinated by the rugged architectural forms in the mountains of Provence and painted the same scene from many different angles.

Cézanne was one of the most important painters of the second half of the 19th century. He rarely dated his works (and often did not sign them either), which makes it hard to ascertain the chronology of his oeuvre with any precision. Until the end of his life he received little public success and was repeatedly rejected by the Paris Salon.

From 1872, under Pissarro’s influence, Cézanne painted the rich Impressionist effects of light on different surfaces and even exhibited twice with the Impresionist. His final years of his life from 1878-1905 were spent in Provence. It was here that he increasingly developed the style of his paintings and moved beyond a classic impressionist style.

 “What I am trying to translate to you is more mysterious; it is entwined in the very roots of being, in the implacable source of sensations.” The goal was never achieved and never clearly defined. What remains are his repeated obsessive attempts – to capture apples, or Mont St Victoire, or imaginary naked women on a riverbank.

In his last years his work began to influence many younger artists, including both the Fauves and the Cubists, and he is therefore often seen as a precursor of 20th-century art.

The Turn in the Road at Auvers_1873

The Turn in the Road at Auvers - Paul Cezanne

Four Bathers_1880

The Card Players_1894-95

Mont Sainte-Victoire_1882-85

Basket of Apples_1895

The Large Bathers_1898-1905

At the time he painted this picture, Cézanne had an aversion to working directly from a nude model—so many of the figures in the picture are based on drawings from his student days or on studies he had made in the Louvre. The Large Bathers sums up Cézanne’s explorations during the last two decades of his life. It is arguably the greatest of his “Bathers” paintings—not only in terms of size, but also inventiveness, force, and majesty.

Since the Renaissance, nudes in a landscape had usually been depicted in an overtly sensual, erotic way. But in The Large Bathers, the women, who assume the poses of sensual nudes, are distinctly de-eroticized. Their faces are masklike, or blank, and their bodies forbiddingly angular and disjointed. They disturb rather than delight us.

 Without the precedent of Cézanne’s “Bathers,” many works by Matisse, Picasso, de Kooning, and even Lucian Freud, among others, would have been quite simply inconceivable.

The Large Bathers_Cézanne

Picasso_Les Demoiselles_1907

Matisse_Dance I_1909

Willem de Kooning_Woman I_1952

Lucian Freud_The Butcher’s Daughter_2000

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10 respuestas a Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)

  1. Loretta Maio dijo:

    ¡Saludos, querido amigo!
    Deseo te encuentres bien.
    Abrazo grande.

    • feseto dijo:

      Hola estimada amiga. Me encuentro bien. Pero, ultimamente le puedo dedicar menos tiempo al blog del que me gustaria. Te envio un beso grande!

      • Loretta Maio dijo:

        Me alegra saber que estás bien, me preocupaba tu ausencia. El tempo… es escurridizo; te comprendo.
        Beso grande y feliz semana. 🙂

  2. Reblogueó esto en serunserdeluzy comentado:
    Paul Cézanne

  3. Muy buen e interesante post, con permiso lo reblogueo. Gracias

  4. Yvonne dijo:

    Muchas gracias por estas obras geniales, me encanta Cézanne!
    Un abrazo

  5. I really like Cézanne! Le mont St Victoire, Aix en Provence is so inherentt to his paintings..

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