Tuesday, June 24, 2014
How Cézanne Saw a World in an Apple
Just as poet William Blake asks us “To see a world in a grain of sand” in his poem “Auguries of Innocence,” painter Paul Cézanne asks us to see the world in an apple in the many still lifes that span his long career. In The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne currently at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA, we’re invited to
into the world of “the painter of apples” and come away with new eyes
that see what Cézanne called the “ambient penetration” of all things,
that living quality of even inanimate objects best captured in the still
life, or as the French would say, “Nature morte,” literally and
paradoxically “dead life.” Using one of the oldest of genres, Cézanne
set the rules for the modern art that followed him while forging a
naïve, simplistic persona the real philosopher in paint hid behind.
After viewing The World Is an Apple, you’ll come away with a
new appreciation not only of Cézanne the painter, but also of Cézanne
the visionary who saw the whole world in even the simplest apple and
wants you to, too. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "How Cézanne Saw a World in an Apple."