DRILL HALL GALLERY LECTURE SERIES 2017: CÉZANNE
Widely considered to be the fountainhead of modern painting, his influence extending from Gauguin to De Kooning, what exactly did Paul Cézanne communicate to these other artists that established him as such an important inspiration for four or five generations?
His provincial beginnings, his life-defining friendship with Émile Zola, his struggle to assimilate the conventions and skills required to succeed in the nineteenth-century art world, his withdrawal from the Parisian scene for almost twenty years when he entirely ceased exhibiting, and the uncompromising oddity of his personality all marked him out as “a five-legged beast”, according to one of his contemporaries.
Many recent commentators, in a spirit of conciliation, have striven to smooth-off the rough edges and normalise Cézanne’s art, as well as his eccentric relationships with others. Some exaggerate the anti-social and morbid legends, guessing at schizophrenia, homosexual crushes, rampant misogyny and irremediable incompetency in mastering the very basis of figure painting.
This series of seven lectures will anatomize the complex and paradoxical achievement of a unique creative spirit. Tracing the long journey from his initial clumsy efforts to the dazzling ingenuity of his mature accomplishment, Cézanne’s rough edges and brazen contradictoriness will be respected throughout.
Terence Maloon was the curator of Classic Cezanne, the exhibition held at the Art of New South Wales in 1998. He contributed a major essay to the catalogue of the exhibition Cézanne Finished Unfinished ( Kunstforum Vienna and Zurich Kunsthaus 1999). He is a member of the Société Paul Cézanne in Aix-en-Provence. In 2006 he led an epic cultural tour for the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales entitled “In the Footsteps of Cézanne”.
ALL LECTURES are held at the ANU School of Art and Design Lecture Theatre
Level 1 Childers Street entrance – at 3PM
1: SUNDAY 5 MARCH – A ROMANTIC FRIENDSHIP: ÉMILE ZOLA AND PAUL CÉZANNE
2: SUNDAY 7 MAY – CÉZANNE AS ROMANTIC REBEL
3: SUNDAY 4 JUNE – CÉZANNE, PISSARRO AND THE IMPRESSIONIST GROUP
4: SUNDAY 6 AUGUST – THE ARTIST OF DOUBT, CONTRADICTION AND CRISIS
5: SUNDAY 3 SEPTEMBER – THE MAN OF THE SOUTH
6: SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER – CÉZANNE AS ‘CLASSIC’
7: SUNDAY 5 NOVEMBER – CÉZANNE’S POSTERITY