Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cézanne, Paul

The Basket of Apples
Oil on canvas
62 x 79 cm
The Art Institute of Chicago

Paul Cézanne (1839 - 1906) was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th century conception of artistic endeavor to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. His art, misunderstood and discredited by the public during most of his life, grew out of Impressionism and eventually challenged all the conventional values of painting in the 19th century through its insistence on personal expression and on the integrity of the painting itself. He has been called the father of modern painting.

This painting is most notable for the disjointment of perspective, as if the two sides of the painting were completed using two different points of view. The right side of the table is not in the same plane as the left side of the table. This was a stylized method used by Cezanne to incorporate the differences of viewpoint.
This painting is an example of the way in which Cezanne tried to deal with the complexities of visual perception.