Cezanne once said “with an apple, I will astonish Paris” And he did: with his still lifes, landscapes, and nude bathers which encouraged generations of artists to question and sometimes reject the official school and its rules. This is a spectacular exhibition which includes many works which have never been on display in Europe before.
Focusing on the many tensions and contradictions in Cezanne’s work, this exhibition shows the artist in his own context, as an ambitious young painter deeply routed in the South of France, yet eager to make it in metropolitan Paris.
Featuring many works from the USA, shown for the first time in Europe, the show explains his struggle between seeking official recognition and joining the emerging impressionists before relentlessly pursuing his own unique style.
The works disclose an artist wrestling with what it means to be a modern painter while remaining deeply sceptical about the world in which he lived from political unrest to a continually accelerating way of life.