Cézanne could not draw…

Visitors to “Cézanne Drawing” at the Museum of Modern Art may be astonished to learn that critics once complained that the late 19th-century French artist could not draw. With about 280 graphite, ink and gouache drawings and watercolors—over a third of them from private collectors—and a handful of related oil paintings, the staggeringly beautiful show proves otherwise. Organized by Jodi Hauptman, senior curator at MoMA, and associate curator Samantha Friedman, it also argues convincingly that Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), a foundational painter of modern art, produced his most radical work on paper.

The exhibition, arranged in broad, thematic terms, opens with loose study sheets and pages from the artist’s sketchbooks. Cézanne drew almost daily over the course of his career, using standard studio materials, and produced more than 2,000 extant works on paper. Though they rarely served as straightforward preparations for his oil paintings, his drawings pull us directly into his potent creative orbit…

After a dark year of building walls between ourselves and the world, “Cézanne Drawing” invites us to discover at an exhilaratingly intimate range the luminous genius of an artist whose work remains as rewarding as it is demanding.

— Mary Tompkins Lewis, from “‘Cézanne Drawing’ Review: Radical With a Pencil” (wsj.com, June 21, 2021)


Notes: 1) Paul Cezanne ‘Still Life with Cut Watermelon’ (c. 1900), 2) Cézanne’s ‘Coat on a Chair’ (1890-92).

Comments

  1. A ha ha haaa…. it’s pretty obvious isn’t it?!!!!! The guy couldn’t draw!!!!!!!!!!
    Reminds me of the producer who listened to The Beatles and turned them down saying: “These guys won’t make it!” 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂

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  2. Ahhh, among my favorite artists. Such an exquisite eye. Cannot wait to start doing museum visits again. Has been much, much too long….

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  3. this lesson teaches us a lot

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  4. Cézanne’s work is dreamy…would love to see this exhibition in the real 🤓👌

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  5. I wish I could not draw like Cezanne could not draw.

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  6. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Way cool!! … “After a dark year of building walls between ourselves and the world, “Cézanne Drawing” invites us to discover at an exhilaratingly intimate range the luminous genius of an artist whose work remains as rewarding as it is demanding.” — Mary Tompkins Lewis, from “‘Cézanne Drawing’ Review: Radical With a Pencil” (wsj.com, June 21, 2021).

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful.

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  8. Christie says:

    Some critics opinions are so wrong…and we must remember that opinions are just that opinions…

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  9. Christie says:

    PS: I am a fan of Paul Cézanne and an supporter of the Arts!

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  10. so you’re saying I got a chance…

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  11. what rubbish – if Paul Cézan couldn’t paint I don’t know who could….
    He was hugely influencal on every French painter at his time and every time I visited my favourite Musée d’Orsay in Paris, I made sure to visit his collection of portraits. All those moody men and demure women, looking at you, following you with their eyes, or looking down to the ground, timid or bored or whatever (Have you ever seen paintings where the model looked to the ground? I know you didn’t) He painted and drew what he saw.
    I just wish I could visit that exhibition at the MoMA.

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