Post impressionists tend to be more interested in color and lighting than they used to. The post impressionistic period saw artists not working together, as they were focused on their individual feelings, theories, goals, views, and worldviews. Paul Cezanne’s oil on canvas painting “Still Life with a Curtain” was my choice. It is considered one of his most important and influential still lives. This painting is a great example of how bright colors can be preserved and displayed. Even the tablecloth made of off-white contrasts well with the other colors, making them even more vibrant.
Paul Cezanne, a post-impressionist french painter and artist, helped to create a new art world in the 20th Century. His distinctive brushstrokes and willingness to experiment with new techniques are both well-known within the art world. Cezanne spent his final 20 years in France, which many artists consider an inspiration. Van Gogh and Cezanne are my favorite Post Impressionistic artists. Cezanne is a great artist. Cezanne wasn’t interested in impressionists trying to imitate nature’s look and feel. He was more interested in still-life. As you can see, his later landscapes and watercolors have the same pattern as his brushstrokes. This was the precursor to cubism. His passion for personal expression was what made him a significant part of the post-impressionistic movement. He believed in the hidden order of nature and could display it in non-traditional ways, such as a simple painting with fruit and a pot of flowers on a slanted surface. His paintings were abstracted, but you can still recognize the objects within them. Both pieces are sharp with bright colors and have a personal touch. Below is a photo of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, along with Cezanne’s painting. Van Gogh and Cezanne both used unique styles to express their individual interests in their art. Van Gogh is a lover of nature and religion, as evidenced by his Starry Night painting. The emotional swirls in sky and the size of stars are a clear indication of this. Van Gogh’s paintings of the stars are large enough to make us feel our love and emotions for them. While we see them as small, he sees them in the sky as huge, beautiful swirls. Post impressionism is all about expressing personal interests. Cezanne wanted his artwork to reflect his personal views of the world. He used bright colors and gave the fruits a rounder shape. Both artists showed an interest in Provencal country.
Both these paintings show me that Cezanne or Van Gogh try to reveal what they believe is the hidden order in nature. They create their own pictorial space, abandoning illusionist views about background and foreground. The abstract paintings can still be clearly identified as objects even though they are abstract. One example is Van Gogh’s Starry Night. You can also clearly see the stars and the church, while Cezanne is painting the fruit.
He is known as the father and founder of modern art. Picasso was the first to flatten the picture plane. This is modernism for many. It is the shift towards abstraction and flatness within a picture frame. C?zanne was keen to sacrifice illusionist flatness in favor of psychological depth. C?zanne has clearly shown his intense research of his subjects through his detailed paintings. But, he also struggles with human visual perception. Both are wonderful examples of post impressionism’s move toward Cubism.