The Year of Cézanne

Cezanne_1 This year marks the 100th anniversary of the death of artist Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), the celebrated impressionist and one of the founders of the modern movement. The centenary will be commemorated by art exhibitions in Washington, D.C. and in Cézanne’s native Provence.

“A bucolic escape from busier ports of call, Aix-en-Provence in the south of France is known for olive oil, lavender, garlicky foods…and the master painter Paul Cézanne,” says Susan Stamberg in today’s installment of NPR’s Morning Edition. Although he spent time elsewhere in France, especially Paris, Cézanne repeatedly returned to Provence, where he lived nearly all of the last twenty years of his life. It was in a studio in Provence that Cézanne created “his last and most memorable works,” including landscapes and portraits, still-lifes, and imaginative figure paintings, such as the monumental bathers painted in the last decade of his life.

The Cézanne exhibition is scheduled to appear at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., from January 29 to May 7, and at Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence, France, from June 9 to September 17. The catalog of the exhibition, Cézanne in Provence, is published by Yale University Press.

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