Cézanne: Pioneer of Modern Art
Pola Museum of Art (ポーラ美術館)
1285 Kozukayama, Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250-0631 Japan
Cézanne is revered and his paintings widely admired in Japan. His influence on artists of the 20th century was significant. Picasso commented that Cézanne was “the father of us all.” The path to this position of regard, however, was not an easy one for Cézanne.
Cézanne started out painting in his birthplace, Aix-en-Provence, and was confronted with new directions in art when he moved to Paris. He was active among the Impressionist artists, but surprisingly did not enjoy public recognition as a painter until the 1890s, when he was over 50 years old. His stature gradually grew and by the time he returned to paint in his hometown in the South of France, he was spoken of in the Paris art world as a legend. His gradual acceptance and recognition was supported by interaction with his fellow Impressionist artists and also with the following generation of artists.
This exhibition presents around 20 Cézanne paintings, including important works lent from collections in Japan. In addition, around 30 important works by painters who had close relations with Cézanne are displayed, shedding light on the importance of the personal exchanges. The selection of paintings ranges from Impressionist paintings by Pissarro to cubist paintings by Picasso.
Image: © Pola Museum of Art