A lifelong struggle to capture the intensity of life.
Cézanne on Painting
"Painting certainly means more to me than everything else in the world. I think my mind becomes clearer when I am in the presence of nature. Unfortunately, the realization of my sensations is always a very painful process with me. I can’t seem to express the intensity which beats in upon my senses. I haven’t at my command the magnificent richness of color which enlivens Nature…Look at that cloud; I should like to be able to paint that! Monet could. He had muscle."
Writings by Paul Cézanne
Letters from Paul Cézanne to Emile Bernard1904
Nature has more depth than surface, hence the need to introduce in our vibrations of light, represented by reds and yellows, enough blue tints to give a feeling of air.
Letters between Paul Cézanne and Émile Zola1860
A certain ennui is always with me, and when I forget my sorrow for a moment it’s because I’ve had a drink.