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Paul CézanneA lifelong struggle to capture the intensity of life

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

"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

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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

1866

Rocks in the Forest

1865-1868

Bathers

1870

The Fishermen (Fantastic Scene)

1875

Bathers

1875

Still Life with Jar, Cup, and Apples

1877

Still Life With Fruit Dish

1879-1880

The Gulf of Marseilles Seen from L'Estaque

1885

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

1885

Portrait of Madame Cezanne

1885

Mont Sainte-Victoire with Large Pine

1887

Still Life with Apples and a Pot of Primroses

1890

Boy in a Red Waistcoat

1888-1890

Still Life with Apples and Pears

1891-1892

The Basket of Apples

1890-1894

The Card Players

1890-1895

Lac d'Annecy

1896-1896

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

1905

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