Who is Paul Cézanne?
A French Post-impressionist painter, famous for his repetitive brushstrokes and his influence on the art movements of the 20th century. Watch this video and learn all the facts about this artist.
Paul Cézanne and Post-Impressionism (1839-1906)
Paul Cézanne is a French Painter who was best known for his unique and incredible style which went on to influence 20th Century abstract art. Cezanne's paintings were characterized by the use of small, repetitive brushstrokes eventually building up to form complex fields. Most of Cezanne's paintings conveyed intense studies of his subjects, making famous painters like Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse to go on record saying that they consider Cezanne as "the father of them all"!
Paul Cézanne was born on 19th January 1839 in Aix-en-Provence, and grew up with financial security due to his father's large inheritance. It is believed that Cezanne got his individual perspective on life from his mother - who was considered a romantic and vivacious woman.
Cezanne’s painting career began in 1857, when he started attending the Free Municipal School of Drawing under a Spanish Monk named Joseph Gilbert.
Later on, religious subjects gradually became less dominant in Cézanne's canvases, as he began to depict nature in all its wonderful glory. The somber range of his color palette moved towards a fresher vibrant tone, and his definitive style began to take form in to what we know today.
The highlight of this process came about in 1874 - in and historic French exhibition that coined the term "Impressionism". Cezanne continued to evolve into Post-Impressionism, developing his unique point of view which essentially formed the bridge between 19th century and early 20th century Cubism.
Cezanne's painting career flourished until his death from Pneumonia in 1906, but his work is still widely celebrated In museums today.