19 Jan 2018

Compiled by Art Prism Team

Paul Cezanne brought late 19th Post Impressionism and early 20th century Cubism together, bridging the gap between two praiseworthy art styles. Did you know we would have never known about Cezanne if he had given into his father’s demands to pursue law?
Even though he enrolled in law school, he also enrolled in an art school and finally, got the courage to convince his father to let him travel to Paris to attend another art school. Five months in Paris inspired him to create, but a feeling of uncertainty came over him, and he returned home.
After a year, he realized that art was his first and only love. He returned to Paris and from there, his journey began. When you look through his collection of art from the 1860s, you will find yourself in a world of fantasy, dreams, religion, and macabre art.
Applying pigments using a palette knife, he painted a dense surface with impasto. The “Washing of a Corpse” represents his early style of painting extremely well. Unfortunately, his artwork met rejection and divided people — some referred to him as a madman while others said he was a genius.
In 1872, he began to take inspiration from nature, a refreshing change from his usual style of painting. From his canvases, dark and somber shades of color disappeared and vivid and vibrant colors took over his canvas. In 1874 When he heard about a gathering of artists whose work had been rejected by critics, he joined them and together, they held an exhibition, featuring their work, thus giving us the Impressionism Movement.
However, in 1877, Cezanne distanced himself from the Impressionism Movement, as his work had a more personal feel to it. Impressionists viewed his style as discomforting and strained, as he tried to merge brushstrokes, color, volume, and surface in a taut, unified manner.
In the 1880s, he focused on speaking and communicating through his paintings by designing a pictorial language. Finally, in 1895, he earned the much-awaited recognition for his artwork when his paintings began to feature in the annual exhibition held in Paris. The painter died in 1906 doing what he loved — painting.