Friday, November 29, 2013

Explaining Cezanne

oil on board 6" x 8"

Here are two paintings of Mont Sainte Victoire by the "Master of Aix", Paul Cezanne.  I love the way this dad is so keen on explaining to his young daughter what Cezanne is all about, which is so clearly indicated by his gesturing and bending close to her ear. I also like the way the dad sort of looks like a big kid, wearing jeans, a shirt that's a bit too small, and his ears sticking out in a way I find endearing. 

I struggled to keep my brushwork a bit looser than normal, and I'm happy that I did. 

I'm reading a book about modern art that is just great. What Are You Looking At?: The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art by Will Gompertz is one of the most engaging art history books I've read in a long time. By engaging I mean that is has fascinating biographical detail on many artists as well as good, sound art analysis, and it's not full of highfalutin critical jargon. 


  1. I really like this. You captured a moment for sure. Love your simplification throughout. Thanks for the tip on the book.

  2. This is really nice! The feeling and mood is really shown well. thanks for sharing! Are you still on the DPP Blog?

  3. You really nailed the different edges to the shadows of the painting frames. I love seeing things like that. Thanks for the heads up on the book. Sounds like a must read.


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