Paul Cézanne was part of a roster of artists who rebelled against established art norms of the middle 19th century. Bored and unsatisfied with depicting natural scenes and people, many artists during this time period began experimenting with abstract and geometric forms in order to bend reality according to their artistic visions. Cézanne was no exception to this trend.
Although he painted plenty of natural objects, sometimes he tinkered with his art. In a series of fruit paintings, Paul Cézanne meticulously illustrated the fruit as being in motion. They’re intentionally placed at the ends of the tables to create a feeling of suspense. Do you notice the objects almost falling off the top? His most famous impressionism landscape painting, Lake at Annecy, highlighted his drift into using geometric shapes to represent forms in his images. The mountains, trees, building and lake are all composed of squares and triangles. The Mont Sainte-Victoire, Seen from Lauves, which was painted in 1905, displayed the mountainous landscape of St. Victoire as an abstract art style form. Could he had been starting to dabble with abstract art?
1870 was an important year for him. He married Marie-Hortense Fiquet. And although Cézanne left home twice and returned to Paris each time, he never resided there after 1870. Besides missing the isolated comfort of his hometown, the Franco-Prussian war began that year and he wanted to avoid possible carnage.
Paul Cézanne’s work was heavily criticized during his lifetime. He found himself rejected by the Salon and mainstream art schools. Despite these downtrodden events, he stuck to creating art using his developed style. Towards the latter end of his career, he gained the admiration of young artists who praised his work. Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso drew inspiration from him. Art history professionals would later bestow the title “master of still life” when referring to Cézanne.
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