River Bend (Coin de rivière) (ca. 1865) by Paul Cézanne
The painting was created in 1865 and is one of his early works. The painting depicts a scene at a river bend in Provence, France.
In this painting, the artist painted a river bend scene in Provence. The artwork is done in natural colors, with minimal detail. In the foreground of the artwork are three rocks painted in a darker color and casting shadows on the water. This painting was made by Paul Cézanne and is called River Bend (Coin de rivière).
It was created in 1865 and is one of his early works. The painting depicts a scene at a river bend in Provence, France. It is done in natural colors, with minimal detail. In the foreground of the artwork are three rocks painted in a darker color and casting shadows on the water. This painting is a composition of contrasting elements that creates a dynamic tension.
The absence of color and detail reduces the complexity of the image and allows for greater focus on its shape, form, and movement. The path leading to the riverbank is at the center of attention because this leads to an unknown destination which means that everything roundabout is unknown.
The path leading from the rocks to the water is also painted darker. Beyond the rocks and along the water, some trees are painted yellow-green tones, and a single red flower is in the foreground. The painting is one of Cézanne's early works, created in 1865. At the time, he was only 26 years old, making it difficult to determine what had gone on during the coming decade, which would be his most productive decade.
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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