Week of April 23 - I Mont Sainte Victoire a Paul Cezanne b...

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April 23, 2007 I. Mont Sainte Victoire a. Paul Cezanne b. Post Impressionism c. 1902-1904 d. He paints over 60 versions of this, starting around 1885 e. He was born in Province, France to a banker-so from a upper/middle class  background f. Enrolls in art school in Paris g. Starts with traditional training h. Tries to get works shown at the Salon, but is never selected i. The Impressionists that are showing their works together, invite him to show with  them j. He shows with them in 1875 and 1877 k. Moves away from the Impressionist style and later no longer shows with them l. Retreats from Paris and moves back to home town m. Shows work that he is creating in Province in Paris occasionally, but isn’t  received well-they don’t get what he is doing n. What he is doing is re-introducing structure into Impressionism o. He believed there is an underlying structure in nature i. Says there is always geometric structures to things in life/nature p. Still interested in light q. But he is starting to paint in little short brush strokes r. He believes that by reintroducing these geometric forms he can produce  something solid s. His few of Mont Sainte Victoire changes overtime i. He breaks down the structure into little block of color ii. Symmetry-can almost cut down the middle iii. Also works towards a balance of cooler colors and warmer colors 1. Plays yellows off the blues iv. By 1902-1904, we get to the one we are looking at 1. Breaks down the structures even further into little blocks of color 2. Warm yellows and gold’s come out at you and the blues recede  from view-playing them off one another a. Creates depth 3. If balancing these colors then they are moving in and out but at  some point they stop
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4. Wants to compress space, and flatten the picture point 5. To reinforce that this is a painting, he will leave plain canvas  showing  6. This is a painting and a representation not something that he is  actually seeing v. You do get sense of movement and vibration, but also balance vi. Uses geometric forms and facets of color to create the image-mountain  and landscape and houses vii. By 1904-1906, he really abstracts the painting-not as clear what it is; if  hadn’t seen previous versions then you wouldn’t know what it was viii. He is getting to the essence ix. Critics didn’t get it  1. Wouldn’t be until after his death that the more modern,  progressive artists would understand what he is trying to do  2. Seen as a precursor to the cubism of Picasso  II. Iris a. Auguste Rodin b. Post Impressionism c. 1890-91 d. Shares interest in light with Impressionist e. Light enforces the meaning of sculptors  f.
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