Paul Cézanne - paintings 1878-1879

In his still-life paintings from the mid-1870s, Cézanne abandoned his thickly encrusted surfaces and began to address technical problems of form and color by experimenting with subtly gradated tonal variations, or "constructive brushstrokes," to create dimension in his objects. Still Life with Jar, Cup, and Apples shows Cézanne's rejection of the intense contrasts of light and shadow of his earlier years in exchange for a refined system of color scales placed next to one another. The light of Impressionism resonates in this work, but signs of a revised palette are especially apparent in his muted tones. Still Life with Apples and a Pot of Primroses, a mature work from the early 1890s, reveals Cézanne's artistic evolution and mastery of this style of building forms completely from color and creating scenes with distorted perspectival space. The objects in this painting, such as the fruit and tablecloth, are rendered without use of light or shadow, but through extremely subtle gradations of color. In such still lifes as Dish of Apples of about 1875–77, as in his landscapes, Cézanne ignores the laws of classical perspective, allowing each object to be independent within the space of a picture while the relationship of one object to another takes precedence over traditional single-point perspective.
James Voorhies
Department of European Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Bather from the back 1878 Bather with outstreched arms 1878 Five bathers 1878 Four bathers 1878 Legendary scene 1878
Bather from
the back
1878
Bather with
outstreched arms
1878
Five bathers
1878
Four bathers
1878
Legendary scene
1878
Man standing arms extended 1878 Portrait of Madame Cezanne 1878 Portrait of the artist's son 1878 Still life with bottles and apples 1878 Still life with seven apples 1878
Man standing
arms extended
1878
Portrait of
Madame Cezanne
1878
Portrait of the
artist's son
1878
Still life with
bottles and apples
1878
Still life with
seven apples
1878
Pine Tree at L'Estaque or Landscape with Red Roof Around Paris 1876 The pond of the  Jas-de-Bouffan 1878 The pool at  Jas-de-Bouffan 1878 The sea at l'Estaque 1878 Apples 1879
Pine Tree at
L'Estaque or Landscape
with Red Roof
1876
The pond of the
Jas-de-Bouffan
1878
The pool at
Jas-de-Bouffan
1878
The sea at
l'Estaque
1878
Apples
1879
Bottom of the ravine 1879 Bay of L'Estaque 1879-1883 Farmyard 1879 Flowers and fruit 1879 Fruit 1879
Bottom of the
ravine
1879
Bay of L'Estaque
1879-1883
Farmyard
1879
Flowers and fruit
1879
Fruit
1879
Landscape with waterline 1879 L'Estaque view through the trees 1879 Path at the entrance to the forest 1879 Seated woman 1879 Still life with open drawer 1879
Landscape with
waterline
1879
L'Estaque view
through the trees
1879
Path at the entrance
to the forest
1879
Seated woman
1879
Still life
with open drawer
1879
Still Life 1879 The abandoned house 1879 The bay of l'Estaque and Saint-Henri 1879 The bridge at Maincy 1879 The Gulf of Marseilles from L'Estaque 1879
Still Life
1879
The abandoned
house
1879
The bay of
l'Estaque
and Saint-Henri
1879
The bridge
at Maincy
1879
The Gulf of
Marseilles from
L'Estaque
1879
Three pears 1879 Village behind trees 1879 Milk Can and Apples 1879-1880 Still Life with Fruit Dish 1879-1880 The Plain with Mont Sainte Victoire, View from Valcros 1879-1880
Three pears
1879
Village behind
trees
1879
Milk Can
and Apples
1879-1880
Still Life
with Fruit Dish
1879-1880
The Plain with
Mont Sainte Victoire,
View from Valcros
1879-1880
Still Life, Pears and Green Apples 1873 The Luncheon on the Grass 1876-1877 The House of Dr. Gachet in Auvers-sur-Oise 1872-1873
Still Life, Pears
and Green Apples
1873
The Luncheon
on the Grass
1876-1877
The House of Dr. Gachet
in Auvers-sur-Oise
1872-1873

 

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