In the Mind of Great Artists

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“The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.”


Cézanne’s look is a starting point for 20th-century art. All the great painters that followed him in the following decades, coincided in that Cézanne was the most important model in his evolution as artists.

He conceived a new approach to space. He broke with the traditional rules of perspective that were set in the Western world as from Renaissance. He did not wish to faithfully represent nature. Instead, he proposed a new parallel reality and insisted: “I want to astonish Paris with an apple.”

In the painting we can notice that some objects are seen from above and some others from the front. This use of perspective, for example, as well as the simplification and the geometrization of the forms that can be seen in his landscapes, inspired Picasso and Braque to give birth to Cubism.


Image: Still life with basket (1888/1890)


Recommended links:

The importance of Mont Saint-Victorie (1892/1895).

Fundamental Paintings to Understand the History of Painting: Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, Picasso.

When does Modern Art Start?

Fundamental Paintings to Understand the History of Painting: Impression, Sunrise, Claude Monet.

Fundamental Differences between Analytic and Synthetic Cubism.

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