Paul Cezanne




Paul Cezanne was born in 1839 in the South of France, where he became a largely self-taught artist. Rejected twice from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Cezanne began to make frequent visits to the Musee de Louvre, where he mimicked works by Michelangelo, Titian and Rubens. 1879 marked a pivotal moment in Cezanne’s career; he moved to L’Estaque and began to employ small, gentle brushstrokes and a lighter palette, a drastic shift from the heavy impasto technique of his earlier works. Cezanne’s images contain a sculptural quality, examined from multiple angles and stayed deeply in touch with their literal material origins. Cezanne formed a bridge between the stylistic elements of Impressionism and the materialist movements of Fauvism, Expressionism and Cubism to create a distinctively original approach.