Paul Cezanne

(1839 - 1906)
Paul Cezanne Bathers 1896 - 1897


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

  • Used to cover a range of different painting styles that emerged following Impressionism in Europe. This includes artists such as Paul Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.