AN UNCOMMON THOUGHT

"The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but to be in the mystery."
-Fred Alan Wolf

19 January 2020

Happy Birthday, Cézanne


Paul Cézanne was born on this date in 1839.

The knowledge of the means of expressing our emotions is only acquired through very long experience, thus the artist must scorn all judgment that is not based on an intelligent observation of character. He must beware of the literary spirit which so often causes a painting to deviate from its true path – the concrete study of nature – to lose itself all too long in intangible speculations.

Paul Cézanne

Cézanne, The Orchard, Côte Saint-Denis, 1877


Rejected by the Salon and considered a barbarian with a paintbrush, Paul Cézanne was nevertheless able to "astonish Paris with an apple." Join Alex Danchev, author of Cézanne: A Life, and professor Jonathan Ribner for a discussion on the restless life, brilliant work, and continued influence of a painter whose vision revolutionized the way artists see and depict the world.

Cézanne: Art and Life ...

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