Paul Cézanne was a pivotal figure in the passage from the loose style of the Impressionists, to the geometric formal studies of Cubism and Futurism. When looking through his works, his style sits comfortably on the border of painterly and linear, with aspects of both seen in his paintings. Cézanne often used the same subject matter in series of works, which include round fruits, skulls and bathers. He seems encapsulated by form and composition and the way objects react to each other.
Still Life: Flask, Glass and Jug c.1877
This is an example of Cézanne’s still life studies; notice how the background is painterly in style, and yet the objects are outlined and the brushstrokes are visible as separate forms themselves, (click here for a reminder of linear and painterly styles.) I adore Cézanne’s use of rich autumnal colours and the way the patterned background works with the central objects.
Mont Sainte-Victoire is one of Cézanne’s slightly later works and seems to be a quick study intended to focus on light and colour; you can see how the paint is not as built up with layers and texture as it is in Still Life: Flask, Glass and Jug. Cézanne did a whole series of works based around this mountain and it is worth checking them on Google Images to see the changes in light and technique, again reminiscent of the Impressionists.
Hi there, I really enjoy your blog! If you're still taking suggesting for Artist of the Week, I'd like to nominate one of my favourites- the expressionist painter Chaim Soutine. He is often underrated and overlooked, and in my opinion he deserves more recognition. I "discovered" him at the Musee de l'Orangerie in Paris and was absolutely captivated by the energy of his work.
Hi there, thank you so much! I will schedule Mr Soutine for next weekend for you. I am completely unfamiliar with his work, so I look forward to seeing this captivating energy :)
A few weeks ago, I posted a self portrait of David Wilkie and remarked on his uncanny resemblance to Rupert Grint. After realising that I seem to come across these artist lookalikes quite often, I’ve decided to create a post of them altogether. I hope you enjoy them and if you can think of any others, (or you have any improvements for these), then feel free to let me know!
Berthe Morisot is just one of those artists you can’t help but fall in love with. She was a French Impressionist whose work revolves around family bonds and the relationship between parents and their children, much like her American Impressionist counterpart Mary Cassatt. Berthe had a close friendship with Edouard Manet, (her career would arguably have not been the same without him), and went on to marry his brother Eugene in 1874. They had a daughter called Julie, who became the subject of works by Manet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
On the Balcony 1872
Berthe’s earlier work frequently features her sister Edma, who gave up painting after she began having children. The Cradleis a well-known example of Edma as a subject in Berthe’s work. On the Balcony is another painting from the same year and it also features Edma’s daughter Jeanne.
As well as intimate portrait scenes, Morisot also experimented with the en plein air (outside art) technique of the Impressionists. I love the vivid yellow in The Grain Field and the way Morisot has used the rule of thirds as a composition base.