Foliage (1895-1900) by Paul Cezanne

Foliage - Paul Cezanne - c.1900

Artwork Information

ArtistPaul Cezanne
MediumWatercolor on Paper
Dimensions17 5/8 x 22 3/8 in. (44.8 x 56.8 cm)
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, NY, US
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About Foliage

Paul Cezanne, a French Post-Impressionist painter of the late 19th century, introduced new modes of representation and influenced avant-garde artistic movements of the early 20th century. His work on foliage is a study in color and line depicting the rhythms of rustling leaves, with blank areas intentionally left on paper.

Cezanne’s semi-sculptural approach to still lifes was formulated after he studied Dutch and French Old Master painting. In his mature style, he showcased gradual changes in his choice of pigments and variations upon his technique. Cezanne’s color harmonies become more sonorous and melancholy in his late paintings. He explored Mont Sainte-Victoire as a prominent natural feature featured in several paintings.

Cezanne is considered one of the most influential painters of the late 19th century, with Pablo Picasso citing him as a major influence. Large Bathers, one of Cezanne’s last paintings, explored the theme of figures in nature and brought forth an original and innovative interpretation. His legacy lives on making his foliage work dynamic interpretations that depict life rhythmically through seasons changing showcasing each species’ unique characteristics even though there are few details shown prominently they all come together for us to understand its vibrancy – this remains a favorite amongst nature-themed art collectors who look for subtle expressions within landscape artwork covering multiple dimensions through focusing primarily on foliage or foliage interacting with nature.

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