Jacket on a Chair (1892) by Paul Cezanne

Jacket on a Chair - Paul Cezanne - 1892

Artwork Information

TitleJacket on a Chair
ArtistPaul Cezanne
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
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About Jacket on a Chair

The artwork “Jacket on a Chair” is a creation by the esteemed artist Paul Cezanne, dated to 1892. It stands as an exemplar of the Post-Impressionism art movement and is categorized within the still life genre. The composition of the artwork features a jacket nonchalantly draped over a wooden chair. The garment appears to be carelessly placed, creating a sense of everyday casualness, yet upon inspection, one discovers an intricate interplay of light and shadow that Cezanne deftly employs to render texture and volume.

In the artwork, the jacket is rendered in a series of loose yet deliberate brushstrokes, a characteristic technique of Cezanne, which showcases his ability to depict the weight and structure of the fabric through the use of light and dark tones. The background is understated—merely hinting at the surrounding space without drawing attention away from the central subject. The chair is portrayed with enough detail to provide a support for the jacket, but not so much as to compete with it for the viewer’s attention. There is a palpable tension between the two- and three-dimensional aspects of the work, as Cezanne plays with perspective and flattens the space. This subtle yet profound manipulation of form and space is indicative of the Post-Impressionist movement’s departure from the realistic representation of the earlier Impressionists, moving toward a more abstract and subjective depiction of reality.

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