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September 2000



With his distinctive paintings of landscapes, figures and still lifes, Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) profoundly influenced the Cubists and the direction of twentieth-century art. In this lively account of the artist's life and work, Mary Tompkins Lewis traces Cezanne from his early years in Aix-en-Provence, struggling to become a painter in the face of opposition from his father, through his time in Paris studying the Old Masters and working with the Impressionists, to his later, reclusive years back in Provence, when he produced the pictures that made him the precursor of a new art.But however important Cezanne's work was for later generations, Lewis argues that it can be fully understood only in the context of both the social and historical circumstances of late nineteenth-century France, and the regional aspirations and tensions of Provence. This is the first study of Cezanne to bring biographical, formal and contextual approaches to bear on the artist's full career. In doing so, Lewis has shed new light on Cezanne as an artist of his own time and place.


The early years in Aix; Cezanne in Haussmann's Paris; the early narrative paintings; landscapes in the 1870s; the early nudes and bathers; portraits and still lifes in the 1870s; painting and politics in the 1880s; the years of consolidation; late figures, genre and portraits; the final decade; epilogue.


Mary Tompkins Lewis teaches Art History at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. Her publications include Cezanne's Early Imagery.


'Art & Ideas has broken new ground in making accessible authoritative views on periods, movements and concepts in art. As a series it represents a real advance in publishing.' (Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate London) 'The format is wonderful and offers what had long been missing in academic studies: usable manuals for specific themes or periods...I am definitely not alone in welcoming Art & Ideas as a precious set of teaching tools.' (Joachim Pissarro, Yale University)
EAN: 9780714835150
ISBN: 0714835153
Untertitel: 'Art & Ideas'. 190 colour and 15 b&w illustrations, glossary, map, further reading, index. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Phaidon Press Ltd
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2000
Seitenanzahl: 352 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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