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Paul Cezanne – Pear Still Life

  “With an apple I will astonish Paris.” 

– Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne was born to a wealthy family on January 19th, 1839 in the South of France. His father was a banker and did not want his son to become an artist.  So, Paul Cezanne began his studies in law, and as a compromise his father allowed him to take art lessons.

His work developed a deliberately crude, bold style, slapping and smearing paint onto canvas with a palette knife. He is described as a Post-impressionist best known for his incredibly varied painting style which greatly affected 20th century abstract art. Both Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso were highly influenced by Cezanne.

We did a modern still life, inspired by pears. Students worked with acrylic paint and learned how to layer the paint in a wet-into-wet technique to blend the colours.

 

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