|"Mount Saint-Victoire from the Train Station" © 2013 by Heddy Abramowitz|
Paul Cezanne would really be getting up there, this, the 175th anniversary of his birth.
With only a half a day to spend in Aix not-so-recently, left us with too little time to include all that we wished to see and could only pick one thing to visit. We chose Cezanne’s last studio, where one can walk through his gardens, visit his working studio, see the dust collect on the objects so familiar from his still life paintings and engage in his world, however briefly.
As Cezanne aged, his tendency to become more isolated in his work increased. His desire to die with his boots on became clear. He slogged away painting in nature in storms and other difficult conditions until a collapse on site when a final bout with pleurisy brought about his demise at age 67.
His desire was to be true to his experience, as Cezanne said:
"Painting from nature is not copying the object, it is realizing sensations."The studio, known as "Les Lauves," only came into his life three years before his death. It was a purpose-specific building, with his high-ceilinged studio on the second floor, now still full of the props that became a part of his canvases. One of the things that most struck me was a tall and narrow slit window that was custom-made to pass through his large canvases of bathers, painted without the benefit of models, that he would have lowered into the gardens to work on and then passed back though the slit into his studio again.
Ok, an excuse. I'll use it. Happy Birthday Paul Cezanne.
This post was originally published on Times of Israel here or :