Paul Cézanne, the Father of Modern Art, is considered one of the most influential artists of all time. His exploration into a wide range of genres throughout his career led him to create approximately 200 still-life paintings over four decades. Cézanne’s style developed independently and systematically in Provence, France.
Cézanne’s handling of paint became more ordered and methodical in the late 1870s. Still Life with Plaster Cupid demonstrates this as he subjectively constructed space using color tones to delineate objects rather than strictly adhering to naturalistic representation.
In Still Life with Fruit Dish, Cézanne created a shallow and compressed space that flattened sculptural volumes demonstrating his ability to destabilize the field of painting without drawing the eye to any one particular element. His still-life paintings demonstrate why he is considered the preeminent French artist of the Post-Impressionist era by merging traditional subjects with modern styles.
Overall, Paul Cézanne’s work formed a bridge between late 19th century Impressionism and early 20th century new lines of artistic inquiry through his experimentation in subject matter genre and unique brushstroke technique.