Village Square (Place de village) (ca.1881) by Paul Cézanne
This work was created to address the idea that art should reflect reality and that a painting of a public square would be accurate.
In 1881, Paul Cézanne published an oil painting entitled "The Village Square." The artist depicts a bourgeois public square in the French town of Aix-en-Provence. This work was created to address the idea that art should reflect reality and that a painting of a public square would be accurate. The artwork is primarily composed of a vibrant green square surrounded by red and orange buildings. This color scheme symbolizes the harmony found in the public square. The artists also use contrasting colors to show the diverse architecture found in Aix-en-Provence, including a yellow house with blue shutters, greenstone buildings, brown wood buildings, and peach walls. This artwork is most likely intended to depict an idealized view of Aix-en-Provence as seen from Cezanne's perspective as an artist.
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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