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Paul Cezanne

            Paul Cézanne wasn't interested in what people thought of him, his paintings or his lifestyle. Instead, he focused on pleasing himself with the aesthetics of his work and rendered images of favorite landscapes and objects with a pleasing form. Born at Aix-en-Provence in 1839, Cézanne was Frenchman. He went to school in Aix, where he studied law for three years while simultaneously attending drawing classes. Against his father's reluctance, he made up his mind that he wanted to paint instead of continuing with law, and went to Paris to study art in 1861. .
             From the beginning, Cézanne was drawn to the more radical elements of the Parisian art world. He really admired the romantic painter Eugene Delacroix and, among the younger masters, Gustave Courbet and the notorious Édouard Manet, who exhibited realist paintings that shocked people both because of their style and subject matter.
             Cézanne painted many of his earlier works in dark tones and applied heavy, fluid pigment that was influenced by the romantic expressionism of previous generations. He also began to develop a commitment to representing modern life, and painted the world the way he saw it without worrying about reaching an ideal theme or stylistic effect. One of his most significant influences was Camille Pissarro, an older but as yet unrecognized painter who lived with his large family in a rural area outside Paris. Pissarro not only morally encouraged Cézanne, but also introduced him to the new impressionist technique for rendering outdoor light. Along with the painters Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, and a few others, Pissarro had developed a painting style that involved working outdoors rapidly and on a reduced scale, employing small touches of pure color. .
             Under Pissarro's influence, and within a very short time during 1872-73, Cézanne shifted from dark tones to bright hues and began to concentrate on scenes of farmland and rural villages.

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