This week Monet & Me students study French Post-Impressionist, Paul Cezanne who lived from 1839-1906. Our art classes for kids teach the importance of brush strokes and dimension in art. As a child, Cezanne took drawing lessons but as a young adult, Cezanne attended law school per his father’s request. Throughout his time at law school, Cezanne’s passion for painting never subsided. Eventually, his father reconciled with Cézanne and supported his choice of career as an artist. As a result his fathers success as a banker, Cezanne was allowed financial security throughout his life. Cezanne was given the freedom to paint even if he was financially unsuccessful.
Cezanne’s most famous work mostly consists of still life compositions as well as landscapes. He repeatedly created fruit still life compositions, which we will recreate in class this week. Cézanne formed long friendships with Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir who influenced his painting style. Cezanne is classified as a Post Impressionist painter, which according to http://www.metmusuem.com is defined as those artists whom “sought independent artistic styles for expressing emotions rather than simply optical impressions, concentrating on themes of deeper symbolism.”
You can view Cezanne’s work at the National Gallery of Art in London, http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/artists/paul-cezanne! Next week, the kids study abstraction with the moving, Mark Rothko!
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