C is for Cezanne

Today is day three of the Blogging A to Z Challenge


Paul Cézanne (1839–1906)
Montagne Sainte-Victoire, from near Gardanne, c. 1887


imposing mountains
cradles life in the valley
warm colors of home



Paul Cézanne was born in Aix-en-Provence and subsequently studied in Paris. He was considered to be among another group of rebels, the post-impressionists. From what I gather they kept the colors of the impressionists but returned to the form and definition of subjects. This group included Paul Gauguin (1848–1903), Georges Seurat (1859–1891), Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), he was the eldest of the group. Before that he was into dark colors in layers and he used a palette knife to apply the colors. Each time I read that part I kept thinking of ‘putty knife’. I guess that made for a thick application. He lightened up his palette, color wise, and this is when he was thought of as an impressionist. He had also moved to landscapes by this time. Landscape and impressionism –  impressionism and landscapes, I have to look into that one. Anyway,  Cézanne made definition with color gradation, creating a three dimensional look. This sounds like the use of progressively darker shades of same color. His work influenced the art of CubistsFauvists, and successive generations of avant-garde artists,

I found good reading at the link below which is the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.  In this spiel about this artist on mentioning Cubists, Fauvists there is a link show an example of exactly what that particle type of art looks like. Very cool I thought. So, read on, should you choose to..




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