Paul Cezanne: Impressionist of Life

Paul Cezanne: Impressionist of Life
Paul Cezanne, although misunderstood as an artist, definitely made a huge impact upon the art world. With his use of true to life hues and tones, Cezanne brought out his own view of the world. He was a true believer in the "abstract" painting genre, so much so that he believed, "all of nature could be distilled to the cylinder, sphere and cone."#
Cezanne was not readily accepted by his contemporaries. His style was much different from what they considered the "norm." His earlier works (around the mid 1860s), also called his "Romantic" period, are described as, "extremely personal in character, dealing with bizarre subjects of violence, and fantasy in harsh, somber colors and extremely heavy paint work."# In spite of the mastery of his paintings, he never was apart of the inner circle among impressionists. His works were steadily rejected for quite some time.
Not daring to allow the rejection of his work to stifle his desire to paint, Cezanne became more than just another artist. He had a desire to create, "something more solid and durable, like the art of the museums."# Cezanne always spoke of one artist when the museums were discussed, Poussin. Cezanne was known to comment, "He wished to re-do Poussin from nature, that is, to find the forms of the painting in the landscape before him and to render the whole in a more natural coloring based on direct perception of tones and light"#
In the early part of the 1870s Cezanne pulled away from the harsh, heavy handed painting with the help of Camille Pissarro. During this period Cezanne discovered a lighter hand. The use of his palette became more varied also. The principles of using color, the principles of light and shade. Although Pissarro was an influence on him Cezanne never lost his perspective of angles, nor his sense of space and how all things fit in that space…