Paul Cézanne is perhaps one of the best-loved painters of Western art. Yet the popularity of his still life and landscape works has perhaps tamed the radicality of his vision in our own eyes. It is easy to forget that these seemingly traditional 19th century Post-Impressionist paintings caused ‘a landslide in art’.
Jacky Klein explains why we should see the ‘painter of apples’ as a pioneer for initiating new ways of looking and thinking about art. She uses Cézanne’s works in the Courtauld collection to trace how his style developed through the 1870s–1890s, pushing the frontiers of what painting could do, despite being met with derision in his own times.
Looking at Cézanne’s output afresh, Klein makes the case for the painter as being ‘father of Modern art’, his works inspiring countless Modern and contemporary masters since.
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