Last week fans of the post-Impressionist master Paul Cézanne may have noted that the 19th of January marked the artist’s 173rd birthday. Now a year ago Cézanne was being honoured with a personalised Google Doodle on Google’s home page, joining the likes of Andy Warhol, Leonardo Da Vinci, Edvard Munch, René Magritte, Frida Kahlo and most recently Diego Rivera, as a seminal figure in art history to be publicly recognised by the search giant. Well, he may not have received the same level of media attention this year (aside from a Cézanne birthday quiz on the Huffington Post), but that doesn’t mean that Cézannes big 173rd has to go unnoticed by art lovers, with exhibitions featuring his work currently taking place at museums and galleries around the world.
As we’ve previously mentioned on this blog, there is currently a fantastic exhibition taking place at the Musée de Luxembourg in Paris, which focuses on Cézanne’s time in the French capital and the richness of the connection between the artist and the city. Appropriately titled Cézanne And Paris, the show features 80 artworks divided between five separate sections – Following Zola to Paris; Paris, the City beyond the walls, near Auvers; The Temptation of Paris; Pose like an Apple: Still Life and Portraits; The Paths of Silence – expertly curated by Gilles Chazal, the director of the Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris. The show suns until the February 22nd but if a visit to Paris isn’t on your schedule, how about Milan in Italy?
The Pallazo Reale has been hosting a major exhibition of Cézanne’s work titled Les Atéliers du Midi (The Workshops of the South) that features 40 Cézanne masterpieces, split between his open air work that he called sur le motif and his studio creations such as his portraits and still lifes. The work on display has come from museums and private collections from across Europe and North America, and it focuses on his activities in Aix-en-Provence and in southern France – essentially dealing with the aspects of his life and career that won’t be featured in Cézanne And Paris. The show runs until February 26th, but if that isn’t enough time to organise a trip to Italy, how does England in the springtime sound?
Close to Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon is the Compton Verney gallery will be hosting an exhibition titled Into The Light between March and June of this year, which will look at French and British painting from the dawn of Impressionism until the 1920s. Unsurprisingly, among the works 54 works of art that are featured from this 50 year period that spanned Impressionism, post-Impressionism and the advent of Cubism and Abstraction, are a number of works by Cézanne. It was a critical juncture in the development of modern art and although his work is displayed alongside that of Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley and others, it is Cézanne’s work that truly forms a bridge from the 19th Century to the 20th Century.
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