The Drinker (Le Buveur) (ca. 1898–1900) by Paul Cézanne
The Drinker (Le Buveur) is a painting by French artist Paul Cézanne that depicts a man at a bar.
The Drinker (Le Buveur) is a painting by French artist Paul Cézanne that depicts a man at a bar. The artwork was completed in 1898 and is now housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Drinker (Le Buveur) is one of the most famous paintings by Paul Cézanne.
It is considered one of his most important works, and it has been exhibited internationally. Art dealer Ambroise Vollard initially commissioned it for his gallery, but he never paid for it, so Cézanne sold it to art collector Albert Marquet instead. The painting depicts a man sitting at a bar with one leg crossed over the other and holding an empty glass in his left hand while resting his right arm on the countertop.
It is signed "P. Cézanne" on the back of the canvas, and it is believed that Cézanne used a palette knife to paint this work. The Drinker is one of the most famous pieces by Cézanne, but it was not one of his first paintings. His first artwork was a self-portrait in 1872, and his second painting was The Card Players, which also depicts a man sitting at a bar. The Drinker (Le Buveur) is much more dynamic than its predecessor.
In contrast to the pastel shades used by Cézanne in The Card Players, the Drinker is composed primarily of beige and brown tones. His expression is thoughtful but still shows some signs of life. His hat casts a shadow over his face and hands, but this does not seem to bother him. This painting is an excellent example of the artist's ability to use intense colors to convey a sense of emotion.
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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