Cezanne in the Studio: Still Life in Watercolors by Carol Armstrong

By Carol Armstrong

Within the final years of his existence, Paul Cezanne produced a gorgeous sequence of watercolours, lots of them nonetheless lifes. nonetheless existence with Blue Pot is this kind of overdue masterpieces it's now within the selection of the Getty Museum. In Cezanne within the Studio: nonetheless existence in Watercolors, Carol Armstrong locations this nice portray in the context of Cezannes inventive and mental improvement and of the heritage of the style of nonetheless lifestyles in France. nonetheless lifestyles - just like the medium of watercolour - used to be regularly thought of to be «low» within the hierarchy of French educational portray. Cezanne selected to disregard this hierarchy, developing enormous still-life watercolours that contained echoes of grand landscapes or even ancient work within the demeanour of Poussin - the «highest» of classical artwork kinds. In so doing, he charged his nonetheless lifes with new meanings either when it comes to his personal notoriously tough character and within the manner he used the style to discover the very means of taking a look at, and developing, paintings. Carol Armstrongs research - released to coincide with an exhibition on the Getty Museum from October 12, 2004 to January 2, 2005 - is an engaging exploration of the bright watercolour work that introduced Cezannes occupation to a posh, and successful, end. The publication comprises new photographic stories of the Gettys portray that let the reader to come across this nice watercolour as by no means prior to - in its complete richness and aspect.

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Together its Biedermeier proportions and its thick, palette-knifed handling imply the same struggle. Thus its inclusion in the paternal portrait points directly to its biographical status. See Franchise Cachin and Joseph }. Rishel, Cezanne (Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1996), 84. See also John Rewald, Cezanne et Zola (Paris: A. Sedrowski, 1936); Rewald, Cezanne—a Biography (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1986); Rewald, "Cezanne and His Father," Studies in the History of Art [4] (1971-72): 38-62; Theodore Reff, "The Pictures within Cezanne's Pictures," Arts Magazine 53 (June 1979): 91; Sophie Monneret, Cezanne, Zola ...

Meanwhile, when Hortense fell sick, Cezanne instructed his son to take care of her; when he himself became ill, he was cared for first by a housekeeper and then by his gardener, and indeed on October 22, 1906, Hortense and Paul arrived at the Les Lauves studio too late to be with Cezanne as he died. In short, even after his marriage, Cezanne continued to live apart from his household and increasingly lived his painting apart from his private life. W HEN C E Z A N N E P A I N T E D HIS SON AND WIFE over the years, he most often did so in a way that suggested no particular intimacy with them and gave them no special status.

It is possible that the drawings on this page were done at different times: the bather with outstretched arms relates to a painting that has been dated to 1885 (see Cachin and Rishel, Cezanne, 178). 21. Rainer Maria Rilke, Lettres sur Cézanne, trans. Philippe Jacottet (Paris: Editions du Seuil, 1991); 77. It was Cezanne's uncanny Still Life with a Black Clock (1869-70), which he gave as a gift to Zola and which depicted some of Zola's possessions, that Rilke described this way: "tout à gauche un grand coquillage baroque du genre triton—étrange avec son embouchure rouge et lisse tournée vers nous.

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