Introducing Another Great Artist: Paul Cezanne

Our studies in art appreciation have included looking at famous landscapes, portraits, abstract and still life works.

Paul Cezanne (1839–1906) lived in France.  He was a Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations for a new and different world of art in the 20th century.

Cézanne’s  repetitive, exploratory and small brushstrokes are clearly recognizable.

He is famous for still life paintings.

His famous painting is called ” Still Life with Apples” .

Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne








Cezanne explains still life drawing is…“not copying the object,” he wrote, “it is realizing one’s sensations.”

Look closely at the painting. Take notice of the edges of the fruit in the bowl.

Also the right corner of the table tilts forward, and is not aligned with the left side.

Some areas of canvas are left bare, and others, like the drape of the tablecloth, appear unfinished.

Cezanne encourages us to wonder about his perception of apples arranged carelessly on a table.

How can you use paints to create depth in your still life objects?

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