Premiering at the Barnes Foundation, this tightly curated exhibition charts a thematic and chronological sweep of Cézanne’s still life painting, showing how the ‘Master of Aix’ recast the genre and set it on a new course. Traversing the breadth of his still life production—from early paintings engaging with past masters to very late works unique to him, and treating the range of themes, including apples, flowers and skulls—this select gathering of paintings offers viewers a brief reappraisal of Cézanne’s monumental achievement in this genre.
Cézanne’s art remains central to enduring concerns of art making, touching on materiality and representation, as well as on the interpretive foundations of art history itself. Comprised of more than 15 Cézanne masterpieces, in addition to a clutch of works by related artists, The World is An Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne seeks to render succinctly the richness and novelty of still lifes created by an artist of rare intuition and unerring aesthetic sensibility.
Curator: Benedict Leca, Director for Curatorial Affairs, Art Gallery of Hamilton
Coordinating Curator for the Barnes Foundation: Judith F. Dolkart, Deputy Director of Art and Archival Collections and Gund Family Chief Curator
Additional Venue: Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, November 1, 2014 – January 31, 2015
The Barnes Foundation’s permanent art collection contains 69 works by Cézanne including 16 still lifes, all of which will be on display during the exhibition, along with related programming and lectures to be announced.
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