Paul Cezanne, artist biography and paintings

  • Year of birth: January 19, 1839
  • Date of death: October 22, 1906
  • A country: France


Paul Cezanne Born January 19, 1839 in the ancient French town of Aix-en-Provence. The only son of a rude and greedy father, Paul, had little to do with painting in his childhood, but in other areas he received a very good education. Study was given to him easily and efficiently. He constantly received school awards in Latin and Greek, in mathematics.
Drawing and painting were part of the course of compulsory disciplines, but in his youth Paul did not win any special laurels in this field. It is noteworthy that the annual drawing prize in college went to a young Cezanne’s classmate, the future classic Emile Zola. It is worth noting that two prominent Frenchmen were able to carry a strong childhood friendship throughout their lives. And the choice of life is almost completely determined by the friendly advice of Emile.
In 1858, Cezanne took a bachelor's exam at Aks University, enrolling in a law school at the university. Completely devoid of interest in jurisprudence, the young Paul was forced to do so at the insistence of his powerful parent. For two years he had "tormented" at this school, and during that time a decision was firmly formed in him to devote himself to painting.
Son and father managed to reach a compromise - Louis Auguste equipped his son with a workshop where he, in the intervals between legal practice, could devote time to studying artistic skills under the guidance of local artist Joseph Zhiber.
In 1861, the father nevertheless released his son to Paris for the present teaching of painting. Visiting Atelier Suisse, the impressionable Paul Cezanne, under the influence of local artists, quickly moved away from his academic manner and began to search for his own style.
Returning to Aix for a short time, Paul then again followed his friend Zola to the capital. He is trying to enroll in the Ecole de Bozar, but the examiners considered the work presented to them as too “wild”, which, however, was not too far from reality.
However, 23 years is an age full of hope, and not too distressed Cezanne continued to write. Every year he presented his creations at the Salon. But the demanding jury rejected all the paintings of the artist. The inflamed selfishness forced Cezanne to dive deeper and deeper into the work, gradually developing her own manner. Some recognition, along with other impressionists came to Cezanne in the mid 70s. Several wealthy bourgeois acquired several of his works.
In 1869, Maria Hortensia Fike became Paul's wife. They lived together for forty years. Cezanne, his wife and son Paul constantly moved from place to place, until finally, in 1885, Ambroise Vollard organized a personal exhibition of the artist. But the debts associated with the death of the mother, forcing the artist to sell the family estate. At the turn of the century, he opened his own studio, continuing to work tirelessly at the same time, until on October 22, 1906, pneumonia interrupted his difficult and fruitful way of life.

Paintings by Paul Cezanne

Card players
Portrait of Joachim Gasquet
Landscape in Aix
Pierrot and Harlequin
Peaches and pears
Self portrait
Boy in red vest
Still life with a basket of apples
Chateau Noir
Madame Cezanne
Modern Olympia

Watch the video: Cezanne Biography from Goodbye-Art Academy (February 2020).