Image: Paul Cezanne, Bathers 1898 -1900, oil on canvas 27 x 46 cm. Baltimore Art Museum
CEZANNE Lecture 6: Classic Cézanne
SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER 3PM
ANU SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN
Level 1 Childers Street entrance
TICKETS $10/ $5 (student) available at the door
Friends of the Drill Hall Gallery FREE
The writer Edmond Jaloux objected to the legends that had grown around Cézanne as an eccentric and primitive outsider:
“He was the most classical, the most voluntary, the most balanced of masters.”
Jaloux was not alone in his appreciation of the disciplined, reflective, intellectual qualities of Cézanne’s art. The legend of a “classical” Cézanne has proven no less tenacious than that of the blundering and unresolved rebel from Provence. But can these legends ever be reconciled?
Cézanne was keenly aware of the ancient Greek and Roman history of his region. He was also keenly aware of the decadence of neo-classicism in the art of nineteenth century France. His dogged ambition to reconceive a classical aesthetic in modern terms is poorly understood, even today.
This lecture attempts to redress those misunderstandings that so irked Edmond Jaloux and other staunch admirers of the “classic Cézanne”.
Terence Maloon was the curator of Classic Cézanne, 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 Kunst…. 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”.