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Paul Cézanne


Pommes et Serviette
1879~80
Oil on canvas
49.2 x 60.3cm
The still life was one of Cézanne’s most important thematic genres. The apples and the bunched up napkin on the table in this painting were arranged by the artist himself to form the ideal composition for his canvas. The leaf pattern in the background is from the wallpaper, and appears in a series of still lifes dating from 1879-80.

HISTORY

1839
Born 19 January in Aix-en-Provence.
1849
l’ecole Saint-Joseph as a partial-boarding student.
Is taught drawing by a Spanish monk.
1856
Studies drawing under Joseph-Marc Gibert at the drawing classroom of the Aix-en-Provence I’ecole municipale de dessin du musee d’Aix.
1858
Takes second prize in a drawing concours.
1874
Exhibits La Maison du pendu (figure 23), Paysage a Auvers,
and Une moderne Olympia in the first Impressionist exhibition.
1882
First selected for the Salon officiel.
1890
Exhibits three works at the groupe of twenty in Brussels.
1895
First one-man show opens at an art gallery in Vollard, Paris, receiving much acclaim.
1900
Exhibits in la Centennale de l’Art Fransais; his reputation grows.
His work is purchased by la Galerie Nationale de Berlin.
1901
Exhibits in the la Libre Esthetique.
1904
Given a room at the Salon d’Automne, his fame is established.
Has a one-man show in Berlin.
1905
Completes Les Grandes baigneuses, which he had been working on since 1898, and exhibits it at the Salon d’Automne, drawing a strong reaction.
1906(age 67)
On 15 October, collapses after being struck by a thunderbolt while working outdoors and comes down with pneumonia.
Dies on 22 October in his home on the rue d’Aragon attended by his sister Marie.
Is buried in Aix-en-Provence.