Pavel Machotka Cezanne: Landscape into Art

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Cezanne: Landscape into Art

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This book presents a new perspective on Paul Cezanne, one of the towering figures of 19th-century art. Pavel Machotka has photographed the sites of Cezanne's landscape paintings - whenever possibe from the same spot and at the same time of day that Cezanne painted the scenes. Juxtaposing these colour photographs with reproductions of the paintings, he offers a range of evidence to investigate how the painter transformed nature into works of art. Machotka, himself an artist, moves from painting to painting, examining textures and surfaces, pictorial rhythms, and inflections of tone. As he analyzes Cezanne's treatment of individual sites, their transposition into forms and colours, and the artist's responsiveness to the demands of each composition, we begin to see Cezanne as he saw himself: not as an early Cubist but as a painter who explored his motif for its compositional potential and presented a parallel and faithful conception of it. Using colour to define form, while retaining hues that are anchored in reality, Cezanne achieved reconstructions rather than intellectual depictions like those of the Cubists.

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For most of this century, artists and scholars have been amazed by the richness of Cezanne's work. Painter and photographer Machotka (psychology and art, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz) builds upon past scholarship to illuminate the individual landscape sites and their relationship to Cezanne's paintings through the use of early black-and-white photographs and new color photos that he took himself. He wants to see how Cezanne interpreted what he saw and explores the artist's interest in observing nature and creating a painting using the structure of the flat surface to draw a parallel to nature. Like Cezanne, Machotka observes and uses nature, and he stresses Cezanne's intent as an artist rather than analyzing the elements of his paintings. The 144 illustrations include photographs, color reproductions of the paintings, and full-page details showing brushstrokes, color, and texture. This book about a painter written by a painter will appeal to painters as well as students and scholars of modern art.?Ellen Bates, New York
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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