First exhibition about Cézanne in Spain in the last thirty years
The Thissen Bornemisza Museum houses until 18 May, an exhibition on the painter Paul Cézanne. He is considered as one of the modern art fathers. It is the first exhibition on the great French artist organized in Spain in the last thirty years.
Cézanne’s work is partly Impressionist painting but this movement far exceeds what makes it a misunderstood painter for most of his life. His childhood friend, Émile Zola, breaks up with him when he knows Claude Lantier. She was an unsuccessful painter who was the protagonist of L’ Oeuvre novel.
Only in the final years of his life, Cézanne started to receive recognition from the younger generation, the recognition that had always been denied. After his death in 1907 a posthumous exhibition which strongly influenced the direction of the Parisian avant-garde was held. Cézanne thus became the most influential painter of the nineteenth century, Cubism.
The most influential painters of the first half of the twentieth century such as Matisse, Picasso, Georges Braque, and Juan Gris do not hesitate to recognize the great influence Cézanne exerted on them. There is even a famous phrase attributed to both Matisse and Picasso: “Cézanne is the father of us all”.