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Exhibition Review: Cezanne at the Tate Modern from 5th October 2022 to 12 March 2023

Tate Modern presents a once-in-a-generation exhibition of paintings, watercolours and drawings by Paul Cezanne (1839-1906). Cezanne remains an influential figure in modern painting whose work has inspired generations of artists.

The exhibition brings together around 80 selected works from collections in Europe, Asia, North and South America, giving UK audiences their first opportunity in over 25 years to explore the breadth of Cezanne’s career.

The exhibition features key examples of his still life paintings, Provençale landscapes, portraits and bather scenes, including over 20 works never seen in the UK before such as The Basket of Apples c.1893, Mont Sainte-Victoire 1902-06 and Still Life with Milk Pot, Melon, and Sugar Bowl 1900-06.

The exhibition explores the events, places and relationships that shaped Cezanne’s life and work.

Cezanne was a young ambitious painter from the southern city of Aix-en-Provence, determined to succeed as an artist in the 1860s, yet constantly rejected by the art establishment.

Although he befriended Camille Pissarro and was for a time associated with the impressionists in the 1870s, he was determined to create his own radical style.

The exhibition traces Cezanne’s artistic development from early paintings made in his twenties such as through to works completed in the final months of his life.

Highlights include a room of paintings depicting the limestone mountain Sainte-Victoire, charting the dramatic evolution of his style.

Another gallery brings together several examples of Cezanne’s bather paintings, a lifelong subject for the artist, including The National Gallery’s Bathers 1894–1905, one of his largest and most celebrated paintings created in the final stage of his career.

The exhibition also considers his important relationships, particularly his wife Marie-Hortense Fiquet and their son Paul, immortalised in paintings such as Madame Cezanne in a Red Armchair c.1877 and Portrait of the Artist’s Son 1881-2.

This fascinating and comprehensive exhibition challenges the idea that Cezanne was a solitary figure by considering his relationships with family, friends and fellow artists. The exhibition suggests that Cezanne did not want to be constrained by belonging to a group or school of art and he understood the importance of developing your own style and experimenting with materials and techniques.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Tate Modern website here

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