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Posted by on Mar 13, 2009 in Society | 1 comment

Cézanne: Fading Away of God of Painting?

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Paul Cézanne played a pivotal role in the birth of modern art. “Cézanne and Beyond” exhibition, hosted by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is a “beautiful and powerful collection of modern and post-modern art by some of the most talented painters of the past 100 years,” reports The Economist. Lucky are those who can be part of this major event that continues until mid-May this year.

“Pablo Picasso, who, with Georges Braque, invented cubism, called him ‘my one and only master’. Henri Matisse, Picasso’s rival for supreme artist of the modern period, described him as ‘a sort of god of painting’.

“Critics and scholars may disagree about pinpointing the first stirrings of modern art, but few deny Cézanne’s pivotal role as midwife. His fracturing of form and flattening of space, especially evident in his landscapes and still lifes, laid the foundation for cubism, the revolutionary movement that planted radical ideas firmly in the minds of young painters in Europe and America.

“Cézanne’s influence was strongest during the generation after he died, but it has proved remarkably persistent. Only now, a century later, when electronic media such as photography and video have wrested control of the vanguard from painting, is Cézanne’s shadow beginning to fade.

” ‘Cézanne and Beyond’ juxtaposes about 60 paintings and watercolours by the French master with roughly twice that many by the others: Europeans such as Piet Mondrian, Fernand Léger, Max Beckmann and Alberto Giacometti, and Americans — Marsden Hartley, Charles Demuth, Jasper Johns and Ellsworth Kelly.” More here…

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