Paul Cézanne (1839 – 1906) was a French post-impressionist painter who took inspiration from the impressionists, but led the way for future art movements, such as cubism. In fact, both Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso are known for their quote, “Cézanne is the father of us all.”
He entered art school at the age of ten, but went on to study law at the University of Aix. He eventually abandoned pursuing his law career and moved to Paris to focus solely on art. It was in Paris where Cézanne met impressionist artist, Camille Pissarro. A friendship developed between the two artists. Pissarro acted as a mentor to the younger artist and had a significant influence on Cézanne’s artistic style. Pissarro encouraged him to use brighter colors and helped him cultivate an interest in painting rural landscapes and villages.
As Cézanne developed his own artistic style, he used geometric shapes as the foundation for his paintings. The belief that the world was made up of spheres, cones and cubes helped Cézanne create his own unique style. He is most well-known for his paintings of still life, bathers, portraits and landscapes.
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