Harlequin (1888-1890)by Paul Cézanne
Cézanne was a famous Post-Impressionist painter, and the painting is his interpretation of the Harlequin character. This oil painting was created by the famous Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne. It is his interpretation of the Harlequin character from Medieval Italian theater, which is typically dressed in white and black to symbolize death and life. The subject of the painting is a woman wearing a costume with black diamonds. Her hat appears to be an upside-down pear, which was a motif that Cézanne incorporated into his paintings.
Paul Cézanne Quotes
"We live in a rainbow of chaos."
"Genius is the ability to renew one's emotions in daily experience."
"Art is a harmony parallel with nature."
"Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one's sensations."
"A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art."
"With an apple, I will astonish Paris."
"There are two things in the painter, the eye and the mind; each of them should aid the other."
"Optics, developing in us through study, teach us to see."
"For an Impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize sensations."
"Pure drawing is an abstraction. Drawing and color are not distinct; everything in nature is colored."
"The painter must enclose himself within his work; he must respond not with words but with paintings."
"We must not be content to memorize the beautiful formulas of our illustrious predecessors. Let us go out and study beautiful nature."
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About the Artist: Paul Cézanne
Paul Cézanne was an influential French artist of the Post-impressionist era widely praised for painting what he felt versus what he saw. This approach to art was sacrilegious and went against the standard conventions of the time. Usually, people who go against the traditional way of doing things and invent new approaches go through a struggle with their peers.
This struggle for acceptance was no different for Paul Cézanne. In retrospect, art history will look fondly on the works and contributions of Paul Cézanne. Cézanne was considered one of the most influential artists of his time. His artistic endeavor would lead to some great artworks like Mont Sainte-Victoire, which he painted in 1900.
Paul Cézanne painted artwork represents the fundamental nature of Post-impressionism. The artist did a lot of preparation before even starting to paint. This technique is evident in his still-life paintings. He would study the subject for hours to capture the essence of its beauty. Then Paul Cezanne would paint with his heart. His still-life paintings would tell an art story to all who saw them in person. The art story would be different for everyone.
Here are Other Paintings by Paul Cézanne (my personal favorites).
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