Paul Cezanne

Fruit

Fruit
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Author: Paul Cezanne
Still Life, Painting, Oil on canvas, 45x55.3 cm
Origin: France, Circa 1879

It is hard to overemphasize the importance of still life paintings in the work of Cezanne. The world of ordinary objects attracted the artist with the potential expressiveness of three-dimensional forms. Although the theme recalls the still lives of the Old Masters, with its china, napkins and fruits, unlike those painters Cezanne was indifferent to texture, seeking to bring out in each element the concrete form and mass of the object. The very simplicity of the forms gives them a strange unity. Placing the objects such that they did not hide or detract from one another, Cezanne ensured that each expressed its full significance. Each object has a stable, unchanging colour, the blue tinge suggesting a certain thickness to the air. Rejecting Impressionism, Cezanne sought to capture not the passing moment but the expression of the permanent and the eternal.

Style: Post-Impressionism
Source of entry: State Museum of New Western Art, Moscow, 1948
Exibition: French Art: 19th - 20th centuries

See also

Paul Cézanne - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Paul Cézanne (IPA: [pɔl se'zan]; 19 January 1839 – 22 October 1906) was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of ...
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Paul Cézanne - Olga's Gallery
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