The Paintings of Paul Cezanne 1839 - 1906: Classicism Rejected and Renewed
Paul Cezanne has been considered both the most conservative and
the most radical of all the Post-Impressionists. He stated in 1880,
“I intend to make something solid and durable of Impressionism”
and for the rest of his life, he worked constantly to make good
his claim to do so. His paintings had been uniformly rejected by
the conservative Academy and majority of the art world. But by
the end of his life, Cezanne’s art gradually came to be seen as
the work of a most original genius who in the most important
ways, announced the art of the future. Even Pablo Picasso called
him, “the father of all of us.” We will examine the highlights of
his oeuvre and evaluate just how conservative and simultaneously
radical he really was.
November 5, 12, 19
Rhea Padis Higginsis an adjunct professor in the art history department in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Hartford. She taught at Wesleyan in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program from 1986 to 2002. Her area of expertise is 19th-century European painting, with an emphasis on post-Impressionist artists.