Paul Cezanne, 1838-1906

Born 1838 in Aix-en-Provence, Paul Cezanne participated in his first show of Impressionistic paintings in 1874. In 1885 he held his first one-person show at the Vollard Gallery and exhibited with Group des XX in Brussels in 1887.

As a pioneer of the Post-Impressionist movement, Cezanne established himself as one of the great masters of Modern Art, discovering a new way of viewing the world. Color had already been broken into pure hues by the Impressionists. Cezanne went on to use color to build structure and form, in geometric terms, with internal rhythms and balance. His work influenced the work of the artists of the Cubist revolution.