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Paul Cézanne, the painter that conquered Rome with apples

2013-11-09

Artists can make a painting breathe. They can add a touch of seriousness, or even fear. Their painted strokes bring a canvas to life. And if that artist is Frenchman Paul Cézanne, the life in his paintings continues flourishing.

FRANCESCA VILLANTI
"Paul Cézanne and the Italian Artists of the 20th Century”
"Paul Cézanne gave birth to Modern Art: he is seen as the father of the Modern movement. The most interesting thing, though, is that artists themselves think of him that way.”

At the end of the 19th Century Cézanne said: "I will astonish Paris with an apple.” Now, Rome also falls under his spell with the exhibition "Paul Cézanne and the Italian Artists of the 20th Century.” 

It took two and a half years to gather the 100 paintings for the exhibit. Some of these art works traveled all the way from the Museé d'Orsay in Paris and the Hermitage Museum in Moscow. 

Cézanne's landscapes and portraits, along with works of other Italian artists, will be on exhibit until February. But why are such ordinary things so revolutionary?

FRANCESCA VILLANTI
"Paul Cézanne and the Italian Artists of the 20th Century”
"Cézanne doesn't simply copy the objects around. He wants to study them, their shape. This study is very deep, because it pursues the essence of the object itself. Cézanne achieves this by always repeating the same themes.”

His work is not easy. But the Italian artists featured along with Cézanne help understand what he was after. Nothing else is needed to enjoy the exhibit.

FRANCESCA VILLANTI
"Paul Cézanne and the Italian Artists of the 20th Century”
"I would advise visitors to look at Cézanne's works, and then the Italian ones, without reading too much into it. Look closely and try to find similarities. Because that's what art is about. Reading up on it to understand it is fine, but after the fact.”

Cezánne believed that ingenuity meant finding new emotions in everyday life. His exhibit is modeled after this thought: to look at common objects under a different light.


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