Paul Cezanne is often considered the father of post-impressionism. While the subject matter of a painting may be commonly recognizable, the use of light and color in post-impressionist art may lean to the abstract. In a recent visit to the PMA the work of Paul Cézanne caught my attention because of his distinct quality of lines and vivid use of color. In an attempt to better understand the French artist I recently tested my ability to recreate one of his paintings.
"Still Life, Pears, and Green Apples" is estimated to have been painted around 1873 with oil on canvas ( my first mistake for using the acrylic on cardboard). The painting is very simple and forces attention to the patches of color within the shapes and shadows. The painting is said to have been owned by Doctor Paul-Ferdinand Gachet, the doctor most famously known for treating Vincent van Gogh.
There is controversy over the legitimacy of this painting as a true Cézanne. The son of Paul Gachet (also named Paul Gachet) was an artist who learned from copying the paintings in his father's collection. Art historian John Rewald rejected this painting as a true Cézanne because of the soft brush strokes and tone of color.
Today the painting lives in the Musée de l'Orangerie. The gallery is home to impressionist and post-impressionist paintings and is most famous for housing "Water Lillies" by Claude Monet.