Paul Cézanne’s Still Life with Commode, painted between 1883-87, is considered an advance in clarity and subtlety compared to earlier still-life paintings. The composition of the scene was carefully and deliberately arranged, as Cézanne began by drawing it on the canvas. This attention to detail is characteristic of his work.
Cézanne explored a range of subjects throughout his career, but his many still-life paintings earned him recognition as the Father of Modern Art. His use of perspective and geometry in painting led to his becoming a master of perspective. In addition to influencing other artists, such as Cubists and Fauvists, Cézanne is considered one of the most influential 19th-century French artists.
Still Life with Commode showcases Cezanne’s use of deliberate composition and mastery of perspective. The painting is an excellent example for art enthusiasts wanting to explore modern art techniques through historical artwork up close in a museum or book.