Man with Pipe (1892-1896) by Paul Cézanne
He looks like the badass cowboy from every Clint Eastwood movie.
The painting of this art could imitate the artist's life, but it is not as easy to get from the artist's life to the viewers' life. For example, when Paul Cézanne famously made a picture of a man with a pipe in 1892, the painting could not convey what he was thinking or feeling.
However, there are many other ways to interpret it: "He is smoking a pipe because he has found an old, familiar pleasure in the company of his thoughts; he is in the process of rekindling a long-dying flame." He is smoking a pipe because he does not feel confident about his work, and he wants to get back in touch with his artistic self."
Cézanne could have been smoking a pipe for his health, because he was depressed, or because he had trouble sleeping. One can't know from the painting. But the artwork has a lot of different levels of meaning. The same is true for the artists themselves. Van Gogh's life was complex and tragic, but his art gives us an insight into his perspective on life that would not be possible if he had left only a biography behind.
This idea can also be extended to other artists like Pablo Picasso and David Bowie. The theory of 'life is art' can also be applied in reverse and applied to an artist's job. An artist's life is a work of art that, ideally, leaves behind a recognizable lasting mark on the world.
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."
All quotes are from Paul Cézanne
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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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