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Paul Cézanne
A lifelong struggle to capture the intensity of life

Paul Cézanne, The Artists
Portrait of Paul Cézanne

“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.” — Cézanne on painting

Paul Cézanne was a French artist born on January 19, 1839. Cézanne contributed to the Post-Impressionist movement and died on October 22, 1906.

A certain ennui is always with me, and when I forget my sorrow for a moment it’s because I’ve had a drink.

Letters between Paul Cézanne and Émile Zola 1860

Antoine Dominique Sauveur Aubert, Paul Cézanne

Antoine Dominique Sauveur Aubert 1866

Rocks in the Forest, Paul Cézanne

Rocks in the Forest 1865 – 1868

Bathers, Paul Cézanne

Bathers 1870

Bathers, Paul Cézanne

Bathers 1875

The Fishermen (Fantastic Scene), Paul Cézanne

The Fishermen (Fantastic Scene) 1875

Still Life with Jar, Cup, and Apples, Paul Cézanne

Still Life with Jar, Cup, and Apples 1877

Still Life With Fruit Dish, Paul Cézanne

Still Life With Fruit Dish 1879 – 1880

Mont Sainte–Victoire and the Viaduct of the Arc River Valley, Paul Cézanne

Mont Sainte–Victoire and the Viaduct of the Arc River Valley 1885

Portrait of Madame Cezanne, Paul Cézanne

Portrait of Madame Cezanne 1885

The Gulf of Marseilles Seen from L'Estaque, Paul Cézanne

The Gulf of Marseilles Seen from L'Estaque 1885

Mont Sainte-Victoire with Large Pine, Paul Cézanne

Mont Sainte-Victoire with Large Pine 1887

Boy in a Red Waistcoat, Paul Cézanne

Boy in a Red Waistcoat 1888 – 1890

Still Life with Apples and a Pot of Primroses, Paul Cézanne

Still Life with Apples and a Pot of Primroses 1890

Still Life with Apples and Pears, Paul Cézanne

Still Life with Apples and Pears 1891 – 1892

Pitcher and Fruits on a Table, Paul Cézanne

Pitcher and Fruits on a Table 1893 – 1894

The Basket of Apples, Paul Cézanne

The Basket of Apples 1890 – 1894

The Card Players, Paul Cézanne

The Card Players 1890 – 1895

Lac d'Annecy, Paul Cézanne

Lac d'Annecy 1896 – 1896

Mont Sainte-Victoire Seen from the Bibemus Quarry, Paul Cézanne

Mont Sainte-Victoire Seen from the Bibemus Quarry 1897

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 from Paul Cézanne to Emile Bernard 1904

Still Life with Flower Holder, Paul Cézanne

Still Life with Flower Holder 1905

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