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Richard Verdi. Published by Thames and Hudson Inc., New York, 2022. World of Art.

240 pp. Well illustrated (all col.). 21 x 15 cm. LC 2021-943605 In English. Paperback.

ISBN 9780500204634

For Picasso, he was "like our father"; for Matisse, "a god of painting". Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) is widely regarded as the father of modern art. In this authoritative and accessible study, Richard Verdi traces the evolution of Cezanne's landscape, still-life, and figure compositions from the turbulently romantic creations of his youth to the visionary masterpieces of his final years. The painter's biography and his fluctuating reputation and strained relations with his parents, wife, and close friend Emile Zola is vividly evoked using excerpts from his own letters and from contemporary accounts of the artist. Cezanne was torn between the desires to both make and find art and to master the themes of the past, through his copying sessions in the Louvre, and to explore the eternal qualities of nature in the countryside of his native Provence. In this way, the artist sought to make of Impressionism something solid and durable, like the art of the museums. In this richly illustrated overview, now updated throughout and with a new preface, Verdi explores the strength, vitality, and magnitude of Cezanne's achievement.

Subject Headings: Eastern and Western European Art ; Western Art -- France -- 1800-1900 -- Painting --

Artist(s): Cezanne, Paul

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