Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Bather by Paul Cézanne

History of Painting
Paul Cézanne is born in Aix-en-Provence Jan 19, 1839. He is a French painter and always called as a father of modern arts. Cézanne prepared to be a lawyer, worked as a banker, and then studied painting in Paris.

His canvases from 1861 to 1871, mostly portraits, are characterized by dark tones, thick paint, and strong lighting.

Camille Pissarro convinced Cézanne to adopt the broken brushwork and light palette of the impressionists.

He exhibited at the first and third impressionist group shows, but soon lost faith in the goals of the movement.

He claimed that his ambition was to "make of impressionism something solid and durable like the art of museums."

By 1883 the artist was conveying mass and volume through a series of hatched strokes.

One of the painting is The Bather. It shows central male bather with his hands placed upon his waist and his head angled downwards towards the ground.

Even though this figure merges better with the surrounding landscape than the previously discussed bather due to Cézanne’s adept use of color, this male bather appears disconnected and oblivious to the world that surrounds him.

This pensive bather lost in inner thought displays a dichotomous body posture that may reflect his underlying internal conflict: his upper body appears frail and vulnerable while his lower body seems sturdy and powerful.
History of Painting
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