A Landmark Cézanne Retrospective
On until 12 March 2023, Tate Modern in London presents a once-in-a-generation exhibition of paintings, watercolours & drawings by Paul Cézanne (1839–1906). Famously referred to as the ‘greatest of us all’ by Claude Monet, Cézanne remains a pivotal figure in the direction of modern art who gave licence to generations of artists to break the rules. Created amid a rapidly accelerating world, his works focus on the local & the everyday, concentrating on the artist’s own personal experiences to make sense of the chaos & uncertainty of modern life. The exhibition brings together around eighty works and features key examples of his still-life paintings, Provençale landscapes, portraits & scenes of bathers, such as The Basket of Apples and Mont Sainte-Victoire.
The exhibition tells the story of a young ambitious painter from Aix-en-Provence determined to succeed as an artist in Paris, yet constantly rejected by the art establishment. It traces Cézanne’s artistic development from early paintings made in his twenties, such as the striking portrait Scipio, through to works completed in the final months of his life, such as Seated Man. Highlights include a room of paintings depicting the limestone mountain Sainte-Victoire, charting the dramatic evolution of his style through this single motif. Another gallery brings together several magnificent examples of Cézanne’s paintings of bathers, a lifelong subject for the artist, including Bathers, one of his largest & most celebrated paintings, created in the final stage of his career.tate.org.uk