“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not

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“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not

“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not

“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.” – Paul Cézanne, born on this day in 1839.
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Celebrate the French painter’s birthday with a visit to his 1885 painting, “Chestnut Trees at Jas de Bouffan,” on view in Gallery 355 at Mia. This painting represents an avenue on the grounds of Paul Cézanne’s family estate in southern France in Aix-en-Provence. In this view, he carefully recorded the color and light of the wintry scene, with its tracery of bare branches against the sky. To create an ordered pictorial design, he selected this particular view, emphasizing its rigorous horizontal and vertical structures. In depicting the chestnut trees, he employed multiple viewpoints; this collapses depth, meshing the two parallel rows of trees into a web that seems to exist in one plane. This characteristic innovation produced a rhythmic synthesis of form in both two and three dimensions. .
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Paul Cézanne (France, 1839–1906), “Chestnut Trees at Jas de Bouffan,” 1885–86, Oil on canvas. The William Hood Dunwoody Fund, 49.9.
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