Today, January 19th, is the 172nd birthday of Paul Cezanne, a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter. His work set in motion the transition from the nineteenth century art conception to the dramatically changed twentieth century art world, and ties together the late nineteenth century “impressionism” and the twentieth century “cubism.”
The statement that Cezanne “is the father of us all,” which is connected to both Matisse and Picasso, is considered a fine description of Cezanne’s contribution to the art world.
In Cezanne’s work, it is apparent that the painter had complete control over his design, colors, tone and composition. His brushstrokes can be identified immediately, as they are uniquely small, repetitive and sensitive. His finished paintings project both a direct, accurate impression of the subjects, as well as a more abstract sensation if examined more closely. As he developed his art form, Cezanne increasingly shifted his focus in the direction of the relationship and dynamic tension between geometric figures.