Paul Cézanne

Self-Portrait (c. 1875) of Paul Cézanne, in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris (Photo courtesy of the Musée d
Self-Portrait (c. 1875) of Paul Cézanne, in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris

A great Post-Impressionism French painter of lovely landscapes, portraits, and still-lifes

Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) may have adopted the short brushstrokes (which he eventually developed into a mosaic of colored rectangles), love of landscape, and light color palate of his Impressionist friends, but he was more formal and deliberate about it.

Cézanne studied his predecessors and sought to give his modern art a monumentality and permanence, even if the subjects tended to be simple (still lifes, portraits, and focused landscapes).

He often revisited the same subjects multiple times and in multiple ways—portraits of himself and of his wife (alays referred to formally as Madame Cézanne), landscapes featuring Mont Saint Victoire, still lifes of simple vases and fruits, scenes of bathers, etc.

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  • Self-Portrait (c. 1875) of Paul Cézanne, in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, Paul Cézanne, General (Photo courtesy of the Musée d
  • Portrait of Paul Cézanne (c. 1861), Paul Cézanne, General (Photo by unknown)

Selected works by Paul Cézanne in France


Bathers (1892–94) by Paul Cézanne in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Self-portrait (c. 1875) by Paul Cézanne in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Le Printemps (Spring) (1860) by a 20-year-old law student named Paul Cézanne in the Musée du Petit Palais, Paris

Thee Bathers (1879–82) by Paul Cézanne in the Musée du Petit Palais, Paris

Portrait of Madame Cézanne (1890) by Paul Cézanne in the L'Orangerie, Paris

Apples and Biscuits (1879/80) by Paul Cézanne in the L'Orangerie, Paris

Where to find works by Paul Cézanne in France

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Les Coquelicots (Poppy Field) (1873) by Claude Monet (Photo Public Domain)
Musée d'Orsay
Paris: Eiffel Tower

Did someone say "Impressionists"? The Orsay Museum houses the world's largest collection of Impressionist art

 
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One of the two oval Monet Waterlilies rooms in the basement of L'Orangerie (Photo by fmpgoh)
L'Orangerie
Paris: Louvre

Be surrounded by 360º of Monet Waterlillies

 
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The interior of the Petit Palais (Photo by François de Dijon)
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Musée du Petit Palais
Paris: Elysées

The Musée du Petit Palais (or "Little Palace") in Paris is like a mini-Louvre—only it's free of charge and devoid of crowds