Cezanne at Sugar Hill

Studying Paul Cezanne at Sugar Hill in Dalton, MA.

Paul Cezanne was born in 1839, in Aix-en Provence, which is also known as Aix. After embarking on an art education in Paris, he became utterly discouraged and attempted to work in his father’s banking business. That did not work out for him, though. Upon his return to Paris again, he became acquainted with Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro. He also became familiar with the art works of Gustave Courbet, Eugene Delacroix, and Edouard Manet. He never really quite adapted to the Parisian lifestyle and preferred to work in isolation. His impasto-style paintings were consistently rejected by the annual Salons in Paris. While he received encouragement from Camille Pissarro and his other Impressionistic colleagues, he exhibited in only two Impressionist shows during the 1880’s and gradually withdrew from the Impressionistic painters he had come to know and didn’t show again for 20 years.  It is said that part of the reason for his withdrawal was because a dear friend of his, a writer named, Zola, had written a story about an artist who became a failure. Cezanne took this story as a personal afront and he never spoke to Zola again.

At the urging of Pissarro, Monet, and Renoir, Cezanne’s isolation began to lessen. An art dealer named Ambroise Vollard showed some of his paintings and they began to become more popular. He was given an entire room at the Salon d’Auomne in 1904.

His works throughout the last 3 decades of his life had a large influence on the Modern era and also influenced the work of Matisse and Picasso. His colorful, flat, dry, hatched, and impasto-style paintings were credited with the beginning forms of Cubism.

Please enjoy  some of our Master Artist Class renditions by the residents living at Sugar Hill, Dalton, MA



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