Paul Cézanne

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Seated Peasant
Seated Peasant

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With an apple I will astonish Paris.

I lack the magnificent richness of colour that animates nature. Art is a harmony parallel with nature.

I am more a friend of art than a producer of painting.

Here, on the river's verge, I could be busy for months without changing my place, simply leaning a little more to right or left.

We must not be content to memorize the beautiful formulas of our illustrious predecessors. Let us go out and study beautiful nature. The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.

I could paint for a hundred years, a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing.

It's so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.

Genius is the ability to renew one's emotions in daily experience.

Pure drawing is an abstraction. Drawing and colour are not distinct, everything in nature is coloured.

When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art.

I am the primitive of the method I have invented.


Born 19 January 1839 in Aix-en-Provence, died 22 October 1906, he was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter. His paintings show Cézanne's intense study of his subjects.

He is said to have formed the bridge between late 19th-century Impressionism and the early 20th century's new line of artistic enquiry, Cubism. Both Matisse and Picasso are said to have remarked that Cézanne "is the father of us all."

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