The goal of this paper is to contrast the different colors that Cezanne used in his work, to the events that were happening in his life. Unfortunatly, Cezanne usually stuck with the same dull colors throughout his lifetime. I will mostly talk about his self-portraits, because he usually painted them in the same format.
On Janurary 19, 1839, Paul Cezanne was born in Aix-en-Provence to a weathy banker and his mistress. Aix-en-Provence, where Cezanne would grow up was full of tree-lined roads chalked with rustic, decaying mansions. At the ripe age of 10, Cezanne joined a half-boarding school where he learned not reading and writing, but drawing (supposedly from a Spanish monk)(Mack 13).
In 1852, Cezanne, now 13 years old, enrolled in the Collége Bourbon. The Collége Bourbon was the type of place that you could find all of the rich parents kids. Cezanne stayed there for six years, earning many awards in mathematics, latin, and greek. He only received one award for art in his six years at the institution. Unfourtunatly, none of Cezanne's art from the institution survived. While at the Collége Bourbon, Cezanne became good friends with fellow student Emile Zola, who would later become a famous novelist (15-16).
In 1858, Cezanne and Zola went their seperate ways; Cezanne back to Aix, and Zola to Paris. They, however, always stayed in contact wth each other (24).
Cezanne's father never wanted him to pursue painting, fearing that he would end up in the poor and alone. In 1861, his father finally let him attend an art school in Paris, the Academie Suisse (Venturi 163). He even supplied the allowance of money for living in Paris. However, September rolled around and Cezanne failed his entrance exam to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and returned home in a fit of depression and discouragement (Mack 17). .
Cezanne got a job working for his father's bank, but soon realized that he was unhappy.