Saturday, November 22, 2014

Paul Cézanne – An Online Smorgasbord


Paul Cézanne is one of if not the undisputed master of post-impressionist art. His ability to build form with color combined with his analytical depiction of nature credited him as the father of Cubism, Fauvism and several other art “isms” that have influenced successive avant-guard artists.

A work by Cézanne is a staple for any self respecting museum and with them loaning works to each other exhibitions happen on a regular basis. Currently there are two major exhibitions of his work; The Art Gallery of Hamilton is showing The World Is An Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne until the 8th of February and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has Madam Cezanne on show through to the 15th of March next year.

Added to this is The Paintings of Paul Cézanne: An Online Catalogue Raisonné. This recently released website has nearly a 1000 of the "Master of Aix" paintings on display. From the thumbnails, at 60 to the page, to full screen renditions with mouse over’s to see the brush work is just three clicks away. The site is also a scholarly reference with provenance, exhibition history and literary mentions for each work included.


Whilst revelation of name and email address is necessary to gain access, in today’s climate of data collection, it is a small price to pay for such a cornucopia of Cézanne’s art.

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