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Inspired by Cézanne

“Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one's sensations".

Paul Cézanne was born in 1839 in Aix en Provence, where his father was a renowned banker and his mother a former labourer. His friendship with Émile Zola began as a 13 year old at Aix college, and was the beginning of what would be a long and significant fraternal relationship.

Despite Cézanne's interest in art from a young age, his father had him enrolled on the law course at Aix University. Cézanne spent just one year at university before moving on to work in his father's bank. In 1862, Cézanne enrolled at the Swiss Academy after failing to be accepted by the School of Fine Arts. It was at the Swiss Academy that his artistic life began, passionately reproducing and studying works by Delacroix, Courbet, Rubens and Vélasquez. It was also at the academy where he met Camille Pissarro, Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet and Alfred Sisley.

His works quickly showed the influence of his peers; he worked with a knife like Courbet and created stark contrasts in his paintings like Manet. After being rejected from presenting his work at an official exhibition, he quickly associated with fellow rebels, the Impressionists.

The world of painting was dominated by three key movements in the nineteenth century: Romanticism, Realism and Impressionism.

Despite the impact of these three movements, Paul Cézanne still managed to define a whole new style. His works would go on to inspire his fellow artists and become a colossal influence in the art world; a talent that was completely disregarded by art critics and the public at the time.

Cézanne's powerful style reflects the profound troubles he faced during his career, where the intensity of his desires and expectations fill his works. He sometimes integrates imaginary elements into his paintings, especially his portraits, which aim to convey his understanding of his work.

An incredible influence of the 20th century, Cézanne continued to inspire great masters like Matisse, Braque and Picasso even after his death.

“He was a father to all of us" and “the one and only master" Picasso once said to Brassai, describing the amazing influence Cézanne had over his fellow artists and superiors which included Braque, Gauguin and Derain.

Cézanne complicated the viewer's ability to read his work in the same way the Cubists would do a decade later. He chose perspectives according to what he wanted to show and not what he was supposed to show. His paintings of swimmers and trees at the Sainte-Victoire mountain in Provence were incredibly avant-garde, and would go on to inspire the modern movement of the 20th century.

Picasso and Georges Braques were the first artists to understand and follow Cézanne's technique in breaking up the structures of his subjects and compositions. Cézanne's technique sees the subject depicted through the use of flat, geometric shapes. The two artists however, took Cézanne's method a step further by not only breaking up their subjects, but reassembling them in an alternative way. This technique lead to Cubism, where paintings were opened up to a fourth dimension; intuition.

Discover on Artsper the contemporary artists also inspired by the “one and only master", Paul Cézanne.

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Agnès Cellérier

Champs de sarrasin, 2017
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Mark Demsteader, Moorland 3, Painting

Mark Demsteader

Moorland 3, 2013
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Frédéric Baccalino

Plateau bois aux pêches, 2016
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Chantal Roux, Pupitre, Painting

Chantal Roux

Pupitre, 2015
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Libbet Loughnan, Dad & Griff, Painting

Libbet Loughnan

Dad & Griff, 2014
9.8 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch


Nadejda Pastoukhova, Composition aux grenades, Painting

Nadejda Pastoukhova

Composition aux grenades, 2018
31.5 x 31.5 inch


Cormac O'Leary, Auribeau Still life III, Drawing

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Auribeau Still life III, 2016
11 x 7.9 x 2 inch


Edmund Burke, Orchids, Painting

Edmund Burke

Orchids, 1996
19.3 x 14.2 inch


Arijac, Paysage, Painting


Paysage, 1972
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Marie Rauzy, Sauterie, Painting

Marie Rauzy

Sauterie, 2015
51.2 x 38.2 x 1.2 inch


Louis Magre, Marché provençal, Painting

Louis Magre

Marché provençal, 2018
23.6 x 28.7 x 1.2 inch


Louis Magre, Provence III, Painting

Louis Magre

Provence III, 2016
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch


Louis Magre, Village de Provence, Painting

Louis Magre

Village de Provence, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch


Louis Magre, Provence VII, Painting

Louis Magre

Provence VII, 2017
21.7 x 13 x 1.2 inch


Louis Magre, Provence VIII, Painting

Louis Magre

Provence VIII, 2017
11.8 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch


Ivan Tzonev, Silence-1, Painting

Ivan Tzonev

Silence-1, 2016
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.9 inch


Pablo Picasso, Les saltimbanques, Print

Pablo Picasso

Les saltimbanques, 1923
33.1 x 24.8 inch


Yuriy Demiyanov, Paysage avec une maison pour l'étourneau, Painting

Yuriy Demiyanov

Paysage avec une maison pour l'étourneau, 2009
15.7 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Yuriy Demiyanov, Nature morte avec Antonovka, Painting

Yuriy Demiyanov

Nature morte avec Antonovka, 2016
17.7 x 25.6 x 2 inch


Yuriy Demiyanov, Paysage avec Grange, Painting

Yuriy Demiyanov

Paysage avec Grange, 2016
17.7 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch


Abraham Dayan, Les Joueurs de Cartes, Painting

Abraham Dayan

Les Joueurs de Cartes, 2002
39.8 x 29.9 x 0.8 inch


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Thierry Genay

Beige et Blanc l, 2018
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch


Thierry Genay, Tomate et Pomme, Photography

Thierry Genay

Tomate et Pomme, 2017
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Catherine Clare, Achitecture des mangues, Painting

Catherine Clare

Achitecture des mangues, 2016
19.7 x 25.6 x 1.2 inch


Frédéric Baccalino, Verre à cognac aux fruits, Painting

Frédéric Baccalino

Verre à cognac aux fruits, 2016
21.3 x 28.7 x 1.2 inch


Claude Cruells, Tableau de Provence, Photography

Claude Cruells

Tableau de Provence, 2017
31.5 x 47.2 x 2.4 inch


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Magdalena Nalecz

Provence (vineyards), 2013
15.7 x 19.7 inch


John Torcapel, Nature morte pomme, Painting

John Torcapel

Nature morte pomme, 1946
11.8 x 18.9 x 0.8 inch


Daniel Couthures, Bouquet du jardin, Painting

Daniel Couthures

Bouquet du jardin, 2011
21.7 x 18.1 inch


John Torcapel, Champs en Automne II, Painting

John Torcapel

Champs en Automne II, 1930
7.9 x 10.6 x 0.4 inch


Markus Lüpertz, Vanitas 6, Print

Markus Lüpertz

Vanitas 6, 1992
22 x 30.3 inch


David Crismon, Half Portrait in Orange, Painting

David Crismon

Half Portrait in Orange, 2015
33.9 x 27.2 x 2.8 inch


Marie Tissot, Les baux de Provence, Painting

Marie Tissot

Les baux de Provence, 2018
19.7 x 24 x 0.8 inch


Cormac O'Leary, Garden in Provence II, Painting

Cormac O'Leary

Garden in Provence II, 2016
16.1 x 11.8 x 2 inch


Jean-Philippe Pernot, Vanité aux trois crânes, Photography

Jean-Philippe Pernot

Vanité aux trois crânes, 2015
7.1 x 9.4 inch


Philippe Fabian, Paysages choisis -03- Isl, Photography

Philippe Fabian

Paysages choisis -03- Isl, 2015
27.6 x 39.4 inch


Valerie Smith, Elizabeth's Apples, Painting

Valerie Smith

Elizabeth's Apples, 2017
16.9 x 19.3 x 0.4 inch


Benloy, Le baigneur, Photography


Le baigneur, 2003
15.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Jean-Pierre Laurent, Paysage, Provence, Print

Jean-Pierre Laurent

Paysage, Provence, 1950
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Jacques Pellegrin, Le port de Marseille, Painting

Jacques Pellegrin

Le port de Marseille, 1997
20.9 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch


Francis Tuella, Vers l'avenir, tête baissée, Painting

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Vers l'avenir, tête baissée, 2013
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