Riddle: what is the small mountain known around the world which has the shape o the upper part o a molar and with no other interest than to ha e been represented by a painter on numerous occasions Ob ious answer: the Sainte- ictoire. Paul Cézanne painting giant was a lo er o his country, Pro ence, and in particular the region o Aix. He said: "I was born here and I will die here." and writes: "when one is born again, this is done, nothing said you more. He managed to pass the taste o the region to the entire planet.
Washington, the exhibition were articulated as a catalogue o sites that Cézanne attended and represented. There are the Bibémus quarries, the illage o Gardanne, L'estaque on the outskirts o Marseille, the Jas de Bou an, in the campaign AIX and o course the Sainte- ictoire. I this party can be justi ied (and yet!) in Aix-en-Pro ence, that come here to this excess o tourism "pro ençalité" Cézanne is much more than a Pro encal painter. It is one o the great in entors o the modern painting. Cézanne goes urther than the e ocation o this or that subject. It explores the principle o painting. It does not merely represent the many thankless physics wi e , apples, a still li e or landscape, but orms and new colours that will pa e the way to abstraction, Cubism, expressionism...
Sixteen countries tables
In 1904, he re ers to "treat nature by the cylinder, sphere, cone, just put in perspecti e", and a year later, said "the colouring sensations that gi es light are cause o abstractions that do not allow me to co er my can as". There ore, the word "abstraction" was pronounced... Cézanne is a isionary. It is di icult to take conscience one breaks out o course beauti ul landscapes without chronological order.
In act, the per ormance o the exhibition is the gathering o so many tables o all geographical origins. Not less than sixteen countries ha e loaned their works. It is better to ocus on those that open the door to the uture o art. There are all these watercolors where the artist uses the white sheet or white o the landscape, the shadows o clouds. The appearance o un inished ar any academic rule. Can re er to these "Grandes Baigneuses" in 1894 rom the National Gallery o London, agglomerated with each other, as to gi e a general mo ement in the painting, which itsel ollows the mo ement o trees that rame the composition. Matisse had to see that when he composed, later, his "dance".
A swimmer o small ormat in 1883-1885 belongs to Jasper Johns. Its silhouette is drawn roughly, surrounded by a black line. He took a posture which resembles more a Christ to a man ready to di e. Cézanne experimenting... In the "Montagne Sainte- ictoire seen rom the Tholonet road" in 1904, the trees are the o als and rounds. The painter printed them a mo ement. When he represents in 1895 the Bibémus quarry in Golden shades, three quarters o the composition are occupied by the geometric shapes o the interlocking pieces o stone. Cézanne died o ernight storm in 1906. He was painting the Sainte- ictoire. Its moti o choice since 1885.