Famous Frogs: Paul Cézanne

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Paul Cézanne
19th January 1839 – 22nd October 1906

Paul Cézanne was a French artist who painted in the post-impressionist style, along with Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.

He was born in Aix-en-Provence in 1839, and died there in 1906. While he worked in Paris between the 1860s and 1870s, Provence has always been an important subject in Cézanne’s work, such as in Gardanne (1885). If you ever find yourself in Aix-en-Provence, take a moment to cast your eyes upon the ground and look for little golden plaques bearing the letter ‘C’. These are located throughout the town in places where Cézanne set up and painted ‘en plein air’ (outside).

Cézanne's golden plaque in Aix-en-Provence

Cézanne’s style, focusing on optical illusions and geometry, helped to usher in the modern era of art that steered away from the realistic and impressionistic. He influenced artists such as Picasso, and the style of Abstract Expressionism.

Gardanne painting by Paul Cézanne

Gardanne (1885)
Mont Sainte-Victoire painting by Paul Cézanne

Mont Sainte-Victoire (c.1905)