Paul Cézanne Essay

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Post Impressionism, as the name would suggest, is the art movement that directly followed Impressionism. One artist, who led the Post Impressionism movement, was French artist, Paul Cézanne. Much of his early work was pure Impressionism and, although he was introduced to the style and guided by Camille Pissarro, Cézanne's works showed a distinctive uniqueness. Cézanne broke away from Impressionism because of the lack of composition; he felt the desire to depict subjects in the third dimension as well as appearing flat. Cézanne did not agree with the Impressionistic trait of portraying the world through light, instead, he built up images by a generous use of color. Cézanne would distort objects and his works would often consist of numerous viewpoints on the one canvas. Cézanne worked with and was greatly influenced by other Impressionists he associated with, including Degas, Monet, Pissarro and Renoir. From the very beginning Cezanne showed aspects of Abstract and Cubism in his works. Cezanne also admired Romantic painter, Eugene Delacroix, who used color instead of lines to define objects; this inspired him to begin his quest for composition using color alone. Cezanne would create a 3D effect in his works by giving each object many planes he would add to this effect with his vast use of colors. "Jardin Des Lauves" (1906) (http://www.artchive.com/viewer/z.html ), was an example of this carelessness, which almost seems incomplete or rushed, it was as if he struggled to finish before death got the better of him. Pissarro convinced him to break up the color and use shorter brush strokes when painting; among Cezanne's friends, Pissarro was the only one patient enough to teach him. He did not have the same attraction towards light as did many Impressionists, he believed that the structure of objects should be portrayed through color, not light, "I seek to render

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