Saturday 17 May 2014

Cezanne and the Modern

Cezanne and the Modern - the Pearlman Collection, at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

An exhibition about perception and about how what we 'see' is determined by our memories, desires and fears. Cezanne said:
'Painting from nature is not a matter of copying the subject but of expressing one's feeling'.
Gallery 1: Watercolours by Paul Cezanne:
Sixteen watercolours, very fresh and bright, due mainly to the large areas of white or cream paper where tiny patches and strips of translucent colour have been applied.
Paul Cezanne, Forest Path, 1904-06


Cistern in the Park of Chateau Noir, 1895


Paul Cezanne, Still Life with Carafe, Bottle and Fruit, 1906

Paul Cezanne, Three Pears, 1888-90, (oil on canvas)
Gallery 2: Oil Paintings, Impressionism and Beyond:
Impressionist paintings, including two by Cezanne.
'There is no line in nature, only areas of colour, one against another'. Edouard Manet.

Cezanne, Mont Saint-Victoire, 1902 (oil on canvas)

Edouard Manet, Young Woman in a Round Hat, 1877-78

The woman's heavy-set features and the shadow resembling a sideburn are contrasted with the delicate, fashionable finery she is wearing.

Edgar Degas, After the Bath: Woman Drying Herself, 1905 (oil on canvas)

Gustave Courbet, Portrait of his Sister, 1845

Honore Daumier, Head of an Old Woman, 1856-60 (oil on canvas)

Vincent Van Gogh, Tarascon Stage Coach, 1888, (oil on canvas)


Paul Cezanne, Provencal Manor, 1888, (oil on canvas)

Gallery 3: Figurative Modernism in Paris:

Several landscapes by Soutine and a few Modiglianis.

Amedeo Modigliani, Leon Indenbaum, 1916 (oil on canvas)

Amedeo Modigliani, Head, 1910-11

After meeting Constantin Brancusi, Modigliani started carving, mostly heads on limestone.

a different view

Amedeo Modigliani, Jean Cocteau, 1916-17, (oil on canvas)

 Chaim Soutine, Portrait of a Woman, 1929

Chaim Soutine, Self-Portrait, 1918.

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