Cezanne in Provence by Philip Conisbee

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Published on the centenary of the death of Paul Cézanne (1839–1906), this stunning book celebrates the artist’s depictions of his native Provence. While Cézanne is recognized as one of the fathers of the modern movement, this publication focuses on his own sense of achievement, especially as a painter exploring the landscape in and around his hometown of Aix-en- Provence. Although he spent time elsewhere in France, especially Paris, Cézanne repeatedly returned to Provence, where he lived nearly all of the last twenty years of his life.

In studios at the Jas de Bouffan and at Les Lauves, and on painting expeditions into the surrounding countryside, Cézanne created some of his most original and compelling works, not only landscapes but also portraits of  local characters, friends, and family; still lifes, and imaginative figure paintings, such as the monumental bathers painted in the last decade of his life.

Beautifully illustrated with some 160 paintings and watercolors, Cézanne in Provence offers fascinating insights into a true genius in the history of art and his beloved native countryside.


About Philip Conisbee

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Philip Conisbeeis senior curator of European paintings and head of the department of French paintings at the National Gallery of Art, Washington.Denis Coutagneis director of the Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence.
Published January 1, 2006 by National Gallery of Art. 349 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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So deep was the link between painter Paul Cezanne and Provence, National Gallery of Art curator Conisbee surmises, that the red pigment in Cezanne's paints came directly from the marne rouge, the region's red soil.

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"Cezanne in Provence" accompanies a major exhibition of the artist's work at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., through May 7.

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