Jun 24, 2002

lacquered looks

It's hot and so am I so, after today's entry, I will take a few days off from blogging to dedicate what non-evaporated energy I've got left towards my paintings.

Sunday, the day Padre Pio was canonized, Chiara and I went to see the Cezanne exhibition at the Complesso del Vittoriano. Of course, I’ve seen Cezanne’s paintings in and out of books many times but, only after having seen live the Sainte-Victoire mountain (that he’d painted over and over with a Satie-like repetition similar to that of Courbet and his obsessession with the cliff of Entretat) did I realize what he’d actually done.
Cezanne was from Aix-in-Provence but, like all emerging artists of the time, went to Paris where he was influenced by the Impressionists and Pissarro, the latter having stimulated him into painting en plein air.
Cezanne , A Real Homebody, eventually returned to his Aix-in-Provence to paint landscapes. For awhile he filled forms with directional brushstrokes but, at a certain point, he reduced forms to their skeletal structures. And, only if you’ve actually seen the Sainte-Victoire at midday do you realize why. Because of the haze. His course towards the disintergration of the object becomes obvious because this is what, visually speaking, haze does.
His paintings, as when influenced by Impressionism, still talked about light because haze redistributes sunlight. However, the atmosphere greatly changes the way sunlight reaches the surface of Earth. Most of the light you can see comes directly from the Sun. But some is scattered around the sky by molecules of air (Rayleigh scattering) and by the myriad of tiny particles or aerosols drifting in the air (Mie scattering). These particles or aerosols include water droplets. smoke, salt, pollen, carbon, spider webs, bacteria, sulfates, plant matter, synthetic fibers and dust (from soil and even volcanoes and meteors.)

PAINTED APPLES
CEZANNE.com--After fifty years of the most radical change in art from images to free abstraction, Cézanne's painting, which looks old-fashioned today in its attachment to nature--Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) is certainly as great an artist as any that ever lived--Paul Cézanne. The Bather. c. 1885 --Cezanne was born at Aix-en-Provence --Atelier Cezanne--Cezanne Painting of the Month--The artwork of Paul Cézanne can be found in the following online exhibits:--two landscapes by Cezanne--Cezanne thumbnails--Cezanne was a deeply troubled man, struggling to free himself of his personal demons through his art.--'Painting stands for no other end than itself. The artist paints an apple or a head: it is simply a pretext for line and colour, nothing more' --By 1872 Cezanne came strongly under the influence of the Impressionists, especially Pissarro--PAUL CEZANNE image list--PAUL CEZANNE RELATED ---Screen saver by Cezanne-- Cézanne's goal was, in his own mind, never fully attained. He left most of his works unfinished and destroyed many others. --While closely associated with Pissarro, Cezanne began to paint landscapes in an Impressionist technique. --ARTIST HARRY HILSON Presents PAUL CEZANNE-- Hunt for stolen Cezanne --I was thirteen the first time I fell in love with Cezanne. --The Black Clock Paul Cezanne 1869-71--By age and by association, Cezanne was one of the impressionists. --"All things, particularly in art, are theory developed and applied in contact with nature. Painting is not only to copy the object, it is to seize a harmony between numerous relations." Paul Cézanne. Lucian Freud’s After Cézanne is a paraphrase or variation on the theme of Paul Cézanne’s Afternoon in Naples. --face based on Cezanne’s handwriting--Cezanne is one of the most liberal artists I have ever met... He prefaces each remark with: "Pour moi, it is so and so--Cezanne Aix-inProvence--Click on prints or print title to enlarge & for pricing and order info.--Cézanne perhaps has had the most profound effect on the art of the 20th century. --how Cezanne past his summer-- Hemingway's debt to Cezanne --Cezanne was the most revolutionary French painter of his age--Paul Cezanne once said, "I want to astonish Paris." --Cezanne,Lowry and Landscapes



Cezanne's LES GRANDES BAIGNEUSES 1906

Picasso's LES dEMOISELLES D'aVIGNON 1907

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