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Cezanne's biggest retrospective - hit of the season

The most complete retrospective of Cezanne in the last 30 years is presented in Madrid. “I want to hit Paris with the help of an apple!” - in this quotation of the artist his whole essence and desire to surprise. Unrecognized by his time, a genius, "the father of modern painting", a revolutionary and a misanthrope, today Paul Cezanne is again as relevant as ever.The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid on February 4 presented a retrospective of Paul Cézanne. In this volume, the masters of post-impressionism were last exhibited 30 years ago, in 1984. According to the director of the museum and exhibition curator Guillermo Solana, the project was implemented with the support of private foundations from the USA, Japan and Australia. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum has collected 58 canvases under its roof, of which 49 are oil paintings and 9 watercolors. The works of Cezanne are surrounded by paintings by Pissarro, Gauguin, Bernard, Derain, Braque, Dufy and Lot. Such a “neighborhood” allows you to take a fresh look at the path of the artist, to see his innovation and distinctive style more vividly.Still life with flowers and fruitsPole Cezanne1890, 62 × 65 cmThe artistic world of Paul Cezanne is rich and complex. Not understanding the artist's work, contemporaries called his canvases "inferior," and the author himself was "inspired ignoramus" or "failed talent." Throughout his life, Paul Cezanne wanted to become famous and entered into a series of endless conflicts with the whole world. First, with his father, a banker, who considered him a loser. Then, with his wife, who did not share his views, and even with his best friend, who eventually ceased to understand him. Eternal conflict haunted the artist's entire life. And only the easel took his unlikely manner and style. At the exhibition in Madrid, all the works make up a logical composition of the two most favorite genres of Cezanne: landscape and still life. In total, the exhibition consists of five parts.BathersPole Cezanne1875, 38 × 46 cmMystical portrait A portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people existing in reality. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more
The exhibition opens with a single portrait: a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people actually existing. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more on the exhibition - "Portrait of a Peasant". This is one of the latest works of the artist - perhaps a new revelation or message, which is worth deciphering the visitors of the exhibition. The unpainted face of a man creates a mysterious emptiness - indeed, a mystic ... The blue color of the jacket of the figure merges with the color of vegetation in the garden: as if dissolving against its background, the peasant on the canvas is a single whole with the harmony of nature.
Road bend
The theme of the landscape is the second part of the exhibition. Its peculiarity is the colors that create a special range of shades: the palette of bluish shades arises from rich blue and green tones, and the light is made up of yellow-green shades. Art critics triumph! Visitors - enjoy: Cezanne, a great lover of walks, manages to convey a special lightness of mood by the kinds of winding paths and, like, "air" paths.
Exciting nature and naked body
The personification of the unity of nature and man is presented in the third part of the exhibition. The famous work "Bathers" is symbolic: nature is the last refuge of the "naturalness" of man in the modern environment. Until the end of his life, the author himself believes that the canvas is not complete, since it oscillates between its “loyalty” to nature and its capabilities in the image of nature.
Game plans and forms
It is impossible not to bow before the “Cézanne” monumentality of forms in still lifes and landscapes with legendary houses, presented in the fourth and fifth parts of the exhibition. Red roofs of houses are consonant with still lifes, and the paradoxes of structures (the structure of horizontal and vertical planes) will influence the formation of cubism, clearly manifested in the works of his contemporaries, such as Marriage, Derain, Dufy and Lot. They are also presented at the exhibition.House in ProvencePole Cezanne1886, 65 × 78 cm

Point of support Cezanne

“Color is the point where our brain touches the universe,” said Cezanne, remaining incomprehensible to his contemporaries, and only after death recognized as a classic. Prices for the once mocked canvases today have become fabulously high. For example, “Still Life with Drapery and Jug” is estimated at 60 thousand dollars, and the painting “Card Players” - at 250 thousand dollars, being the most expensive painting in history. Perhaps it is enough to visit the truly landmark exhibition Cezanne site / non-site, which takes place in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum from February 4 to May 18.
Prepared by Anna Denisenko

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