Paul Cézanne, a renowned French artist, played a pivotal role in the Post-Impressionist movement. His work reshaped art representation, influencing early 20th-century avant-garde movements. He bridged late 19th-century Impressionism and emerging Cubism.
In his early career, Romanticism and Realism influenced his art. Yet, through intensive study of Impressionist techniques, he developed a revolutionary pictorial language. He defied norms, emphasizing underlying structure and formal qualities.
His signature style featured repetitive, exploratory brushstrokes. These small strokes built up captivating visual fields using planes of color. His paintings reflected intense study of subjects.
Initially misunderstood, Cézanne’s art gained recognition from fellow artists like Camille Pissarro and visionary dealer Ambroise Vollard. Vollard’s 1895 solo exhibition marked a turning point for Cézanne’s work.
Today, Cézanne is hailed as the “father of us all” by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. His groundbreaking exploration of color, form, and composition inspires artists worldwide.
After Impressionism: Inventing Modern Art opens at the National Gallery this week featuring 97 works – 32% of which are from private collections so are rarely seen, this and the fact that the exhibition features some of the most important works of art created between 1886 and around 1914 make this a must-see exhibition.
A major new exhibition of around a hundred paintings and sculptures by artists such as Cezanne, Van Gogh, Rodin, Picasso, Matisse, Klimt, Käthe Kollwitz, Sonia Delaunay, Kandinsky and Mondrian opens at the National Gallery next March.
Just in time for Asia Art week New York, The ingenious GalleryLOG and the insightful Asian Art scholar Michael Goedhuis have teamed up to bring you a fascinating 2 min video on artist Wei Ligang’s revolutionary pictorial language now on view until the 22nd of March