Cezanne (Tate/The Art Institute of Chicago)
Achim Borchardt-Hume , Gloria Groom, Natalia Sidlina, Caitlin Haskell
Tate Publishing, 2022
Showcasing a selection of iconic works and highlighting the artist’s key themes, this unmissable paperback exhibition book is a celebration of Cezanne and his pivotal role in the development of modern art.
‘I will astonish Paris with an apple!’, Cezanne once claimed. Leaving his native Aix-en-Provence for the French capital in his twenties, he did just that. Cezanne’s still lifes, landscapes and paintings of bathers were to encourage generations of artists to break the rule book. The history of painting was never to be the same again.
Evoking the sensory richness and ambitions of the beloved French painter’s work, this catalogue presents a multifaceted exploration of Cezanne’s art, career and legacy, through the varied perspectives of art historians, conservation scientists and a host of renowned contemporary artists. Rather than looking at Cezanne in hindsight, it seeks to understand the artist in his own context: as an ambitious young painter from the provinces eager to make it in metropolitan Paris. Torn between seeking official recognition and joining rebellious impressionism before relentlessly pursuing his own unique artistic language, Cezanne strived to be modern while remaining deeply sceptical about the world he lived in.
Includes contributions from Etel Adnan, Phyllida Barlow, Paul Chan, Julia Fish, Ellen Gallagher, Lubaina Himid, Kerry James Marshall, Rodney McMillian, Laura Owens, and Luc Tuymans.