Paul Cézanne challenged convention and pioneered new possibilities in painting. He was remarkable for his ability to perceive and paint aspects of everyday life in ways that revealed dynamic yet deeply harmonious visions of the world.
But the intellectual and emotional difficulties of his achievements were considerable. Mainly self-taught, most of his career was plagued by rejection. The critics, and the public, disliked his paintings, and in 1884 Cézanne declared that Paris, the centre of the nineteenth-century art world, had defeated him. Repeatedly, he retreated into self-doubt and bad temper.
This book follows Cézanne on his extraordinary artistic journey, focusing on his formative discoveries, made not in the flashy, fashionable metropolis of Paris but in provincial and rural France, often in isolation.
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Jorella Andrews is a senior lecturer in the Visual Cultures department at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the author of Showing Off! A Philosophy of Image and the series editor for "Visual Culture As" (Spring 2013).
Patrick Vale is an internationally recognized illustrator best known for his work based on cities and architecture. Among his recent projects is the time-lapsed film, 'Empire State of Pen'. He lives and works in London.