Good Morning Readers, for Day #11 of the Priorhouse 365 Days of Art, I am following up with yesterday’s still life by bringing you another still life example.
As I was walking by Booth #333, I noticed there was a painting (a still life with a blue vase) that reminded me of Cezanne’s work.
This is Booth #333 from some store in Fredericksburg, VA
When some people think of still life paintings, we immediately think of the French artist Cezanne – and then when some of us see a “blue vase and fruit in a still life,” we think of Cezanne’s work even more. Here is an example of why:
Even though the green vase is prominent, there is a blue vase in the center.
The next example has a blue vase front and center.
. Paul Cézanne’s The Blue Vase 1887 is an oil painting housed at Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France
From Musee d’Orsay, Paris: “Rather than representing flowers in bloom, Cézanne was more interested here in the modulation in colour. Once again, the subject is used to further one of his major preoccupations as an artist: the study of the effect of light on objects, and the resulting variations in colour. The apparent simplicity and sobriety of this painting are far removed from the exuberance and richness found in Renoir’s floral compositions. Space is created by a clever interplay of vertical and horizontal lines, and by an even distribution of volumes, whereas the overall harmony is achieved through the subtle use of different blues. The composition centres precisely on the vase placed on the table. About ten years previously, at Auvers-sur-Oise, Cézanne has already painted many still lifes with flowers, but he adds a new element here: apples, which stand out through their colour, and which recall the still life paintings with fruit that are much more common in his oeuvre than floral paintings. The artist is said to have told Gasquet: ‘ I’m giving up flowers. They wither too quickly. Fruits are more reliable’. Bringing together the two themes enriched this painting, previously known as Flowers and Fruit.”
Is there a still life in this post that you like most? Do you like Cezanne’s work?
I “like” Cezanne’s work (not love). I enjoy the way his works connect with other artists, for example, Picasso and other artists referred to Cezanne as, “Father of us all.”
have a nice weekend