Paul Cezanne

French (1839 - 1906)
Paul Cezanne Bathers 1896 - 1897

Biography

Born 1839
Died 1906
Nationality French
Birth place Aix-en-Provence
Death place Aix-en-Provence

Cézanne's revolutionary achievements in painting were only recognised publicly towards the end of his life. They were later acknowledged for their profound influence on modern artists of the twentieth century. Cézanne abandoned his law studies to devote himself to painting. He arrived in Paris in 1861 from Aix-en-Provence. He met Pissarro, who encouraged his talent, and persuaded him to turn from dark, dramatic themes to a more direct response to nature. Cézanne exhibited first, alongside the Impressionists, while seeking a greater sense of permanence and structure in his own work. His perseverance and dedication contributed to his eventual success.

Glossary terms

  • A broad-ranging term covering the variety of painting styles that emerged in the wake of Impressionism in Europe, particularly in France. The most prominent artists to arise from the group are Georges Seurat, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.