Daydreaming With Cezanne’s Portraits

One of my favourite ways to spend an afternoon is wandering around a museum, pausing in front of my favourite pieces and allowing myself to daydream a bit.

This daydreaming comes much easier to be when the work is portraiture – rather than landscape.

Post-Impressionist French artist Paul Cezanne is one of the ‘greats’ and over the years I’ve been almost programmed to think of him as only a landscape artist. So I’m always impressed (and surprised) when I find myself in front of one of his portraits.

The colours in the ‘Young Italian Girl’ below are so vibrant – and I can almost hear her sighing as she takes a well-deserved break from her work.

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In contrast, Cezanne’s ‘Man With Crossed Arms’ is dark and broody. When I look at him I start wondering who he’s giving the side-eye to…and how he’s going to handle what must be a wee bit of animosity.

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And the work that surprises me most of all is ‘Achille Emperaire’. For me, it evokes the work of Otto Dix – the strong features, the rather odd proportions and the Poe-esque hair all draw me in.

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Are you a portrait or a landscape fan? Is there one of Cezanne’s pieces above that speak to you? What do you imagine their story is?

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Art from WikiMedia Commons

One thought on “Daydreaming With Cezanne’s Portraits

  1. Pingback: Art is a harmony parallel with nature. ~Paul Cezanne | owFotoGrafik

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