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The World is an AppleThe Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne

Published by GILES in association with the Art Gallery of Hamilton

Add to Cart US$54.95

Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 240 pages, 280 × 240 mm (9 1⁄2 × 11 in), portrait

Illustrations — 136 colour

Format — Hardback

Price — UK£34.95/US$54.95

ISBN — 978-1-907804-28-1

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Sales Points

“Allows one to scrutinize the artist's still lifes in illuminating isolation from the work of his peers, and to appreciate how the artist's powerful, painterly sensations could trump even the most traditional subjects he depicted"–Mary Tompkins Lewis, The Wall Street Journal

"A beautiful tome"–Judith Dobrzynki, Real Clear Arts blog

"Rigorous and thoughtful" "Truly standout exhibition"–Michael Pepi, The New Criterion

"Manages to explore the full gamut of Cézanne’s adventures with still life"–Ann Landi, ARTNews

"Coming to understand Leca’s perspective, so lively and clearly put, became a deep pleasure, akin to my searching eyes on the vivid canvases of Cézanne"–Maine Antique Digest

About the Book

This ground-breaking volume examines Cézanne's paintings within the context of his artistic development and professional self-fashioning, and probes the shifting scientific and critical discourses that shaped both his practice and the reception of his pictures.

A prolific artist who synthesized formal problems through a close study of objects, Cézanne's lifelong engagement with still life painting yielded what is arguably the single most innovative body of work in the genre of any artist in the Western canon. In their often radical colouring and skewed perspective-and abetted by his highly demonstrative paint application-Cézanne's still lifes unmoored objects and their meanings from conventional representation, effectively recasting the physical and perceptual relations between people and things. Apples, skulls or crockery now evoked more than merely abundance, vanity, or notions of the rustic, participating instead in a poetics of suggestiveness and allusion.

Ultimately, Cézanne set still life painting on a new course, one that completely altered its traditionally low position in the academic hierarchy of French painting and prefigured the later essays of masters from Pablo Picasso to Andy Warhol.Treating over twenty of Cézanne's key still lifes borrowed from European and American museums and private collections, and featuring four essays by acclaimed Cézanne specialists, this is a major contribution to our understanding of Cézanne's art

Accompanies a major exhibition, at the following venues: The Barnes Foundation, PA, USA, June 22–September 22, 2014, travelling to the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, November 1, 2014 – January 31, 2015

 

About the Author(s)

Benedict Leca, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the book’s editor and exhibit’s curator, and the editor of Monet in Giverny: Landscapes of Reflection (2012); Paul Smith, Professor in History of Art at the University of Warwick, and the author of Interpreting Cézanne (1996); Richard Shiff, Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art at the University of Texas at Austin, and the author of numerous books including the seminal volume Cézanne and the End of Impressionism (1984); Nina Athanassoglou-Kallmyer, Professor and Chair, Department of Art History, University of Delaware, author of Cézanne and Provence: The Painter in His Culture (2003); Denis Coutagne, President of Société Paul Cézanne; Phillipe Cézanne is the great-grandson of the artist, a modern art expert, and honorary president of Société Paul Cézanne.