The Art Institute of Chicago‘s Paul Cezanne Retrospective begins this month (May 15- September 5) and will go to Tate in October (October 5-March 12). The exhibitions will try to understand Cezanne in his own setting, as an ambitious young painter proudly from the Mediterranean South yet hungry to make it in metropolitan Paris, by focusing on the various tensions and inconsistencies in his work.
The exhibitions will also explore his struggle between obtaining official recognition and joining the emerging impressionists before stubbornly pursuing his own unique style.
Paul Cezanne was the most famous Post-Impressionist French painter, and he was well-known at the end of his life for insisting that painting remain true to its material, almost sculptural origins.
Cezanne, also known as the “Master of Aix” after his ancestral birthplace in the south of France, is credited with preparing the way for the visual and conceptual rise of twentieth-century modernism.
In retrospect, his work serves as the most powerful and important link between Impressionism’s ephemeral features and the more materialist aesthetic trends of Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, and even full abstraction.
“With one apple, I will astonish Paris.”
Paul Cezanne once reportedly declared, “With one apple, I will astonish Paris.” This is exactly what he did when he moved from Aix-en-Provence to Paris in his twenties. Cezanne’s still life, landscapes, and bather paintings were to inspire generations of artists to defy convention.
Painting history would never be the same after that.
Throughout most of Paul Cezanne’s life, he pursued two questions: Could a painter make artworks one sensation at a time? And, if so, will picture created in this manner be more lifelike than those created by other methods?
Paul Cezanne’s Approach to Artmaking
Paul Cezanne has a unique approach to art-making, and it positioned him apart from the Impressionist circle and modern art in general. Fellow artists were among the first to appreciate the importance of his unique and, at the time, somewhat naive approaches to color, technique, and materiality, which was perhaps unsurprising.
As a result, he was known as “the greatest of us all” by some of his supporters and followers, including Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro in the nineteenth century, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso. Artists still appreciate Cezanne’s devotion to upholding personal truth in the act of art-making almost a century after his last works were created.
Range of works
The astonishing range of Paul Cezanne’s works is combined with cutting-edge technical analysis of Cezanne’s palette, compositional construction, and mark-making, enhancing the understanding of the artist’s famously methodical and nonlinear technique.
Cezanne’s role as a forerunner
The exhibitions in Chicago and London will highlight Cezanne’s role as a forerunner for future generations of artists. This once-in-a-generation show reframes Cezanne through the viewpoints of art historians, practicing artists, and conservators.
The exhibition is simply titled “Cezanne.” This is the first major retrospective of Cezanne’s work in the United States in more than 25 years and the Art Institute of Chicago’s first Cezanne show in more than 70 years.
The massive project, planned in collaboration with Tate Modern, explores Cezanne’s oeuvre all over media and genres with 40 watercolors and drawings, 80 oil paintings, and two entire sketchbooks.
This magnificent collection spans Cezanne’s signature subjects and series, including early allegorical paintings, Impressionist landscapes, paintings of Montagne Sainte Victoire, portraits, and bather scenes. It also includes works that are well-known as well as works that are rarely seen from public and private collections in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.
The Cezanne exhibitions will debut with a loan from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris of a self-portrait from circa 1875. The show’s curators concentrate on Cezanne’s best works to illustrate the story of his artistic evolution.
In addition to providing visitors with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study Cezanne’s life and work in-depth, the curators also hope to demonstrate his broad influence on twentieth-century modern art and his continued resonance through 2022.
Another Cezanne exhibition will happen in the UK by autumn. This “once-in-a-generation exhibition” will feature twenty-two works by Paul Cézanne at Tate Modern. Many works by Paul Cézanne will be presented here for the first time.
“Still Life with Fruit Dish”
It includes the famous “Still Life With Fruit Dish”, which is on loan from the Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. This piece cemented Cézanne’s status as one of Europe’s most prominent modern artists.
When the artist was getting ready to move from his home in Provence to Paris, he painted one of the earliest self-portraits he had ever done. It depicts “a sophisticated man about to conquer the capital,” which is displayed at the beginning of the exhibition.
It provides a chronological account of the people, places, and experiences that were influential in developing the work of one of the most well-known and mysterious artists of the late 19th century.
According to Tate Modern’s director, 80 paintings, watercolors, and drawings will recount the life and work of Paul Cezanne, a pivotal figure in the development of modern art.
However, it was emphasized that the exorbitant expense of producing large exhibitions prompted Tate to be “very careful” about which shows to mount and to seek financial partners to share the load.
The logistical and environmental costs of moving and installing works of art loaned from institutions and collectors outside the United Kingdom were noted by Tate. In collaboration with EY, the Cézanne show will feature pieces from Europe, Asia, and America.
People will have a chance to see an artist grapple with what it means to be a modern painter while staying extremely skeptical of the world he lived in, from political upheaval to a fast-paced lifestyle. Overall, these ground-breaking exhibitions illuminate not only how Paul Cezanne developed his works but also why they are so important today.
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