Friday, April 17, 2009

Cézanne and Beyond

Today we saw the exhibit "Cézanne and Beyond" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Paul Cézanne (1839 - 1906) is considered by many to be the father of modern art.

“ It is true that there is hardly one modern artist of importance to whom Cézanne is not father or grandfather, and that no other influence is comparable with his.”
—Clive Bell, English art critic, 1922

The exhibition displayed sixty of this influential artist's works, alongside several artists whose work Cézanne inspired, including Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and many others. We saw many beautiful still lifes, landscapes of one of his favorite subjects Mont Sainte-Victoire near Provence, portraits of common workers, paintings of Madame Cézanne, and several of his famous "bathers" renditions. They were displayed alongside works which were influenced by him, including a whimsical sculpture of bathers by Picasso, with his own unmistakable style.

Philadelphia Art Museum featuring Cézanne.

Photographs were forbidden in the exhibition, however, I was allowed to photograph several paintings by Cézanne which are part of the permanent collection.

Still life of flowers by Cézanne

Relaxing outside the museum in the warm Spring sunshine.


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