Cézanne, site/non site

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From February 4th until May 18th at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, we have the chance to see the first solo exhibition in the last thirty years in Spain of Paul Cézanne (1839-1906). One of the most significant French painters of the second half of the nineteenth century, Cézanne is considered “the father of modern art.”

He began studying law at Aix-en-Provence, but in 1861 moved to Paris to become a painter. In the French capital he studied at the Académie Suisse,  made numerous copies in the Louvre and became a friend of Camille Pissarro, with whom he began to paint the outdoors.

Cézanne considered inseparable form and color. His pictorial language is characterized by the use of flat areas of color, applied with geometric strokes that shape the surface of his paintings. His landscapes, still lifes and portraits break with the traditional concept of depth, defined by successive planes, and try to pictorially capture the internal structure of things.

The subtitle of the exhibition site / non-site evokes a pair of concepts forged by Smithson in his own creation, raising the dialectic between outdoor work and studying. And in turn reflects the relationship between landscape and still life. In the work of Cézanne, the landscape is the dominant theme, identified with painting in nature. Unlike the Impressionists, Cézanne also gave importance to the workshop as a genre with still life. Cézanne cultivated both pictorial genres introducing landscape elements in his still lifes and still life into landscape paintings.

General: 11 euros

Reduced price: 7 euros

Adress: Paseo del Prado, 8 Madrid

Telephone number: 902 76 05 11

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