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Paul Cezanne's Primitivism
Argues that Paul Cezanne's concept of art as being parallel to nature is primitivism in perception and representation
# 120173 | 3,850 words | 19 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 06, 2010 in Art (Artists) , Art (History) , Art (Painting) , Art (Fine Art)

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This paper asserts that, although Paul Cezanne was called the father of modern art and associated initially with the Impressionists, historians must consider that he abandoned his early style in favor of an increasingly abstract interpretation that was both innovative and archaic through a fusion of contemporary considerations, which is called primitivism. The paper supports this contention through a formal analysis of three masterpieces by Cezanne: "Large Bathers", "The Modern Olympia" and "Temptation of St Anthony". The paper concludes with a review of Cezanne's own reflections on his philosophy of his art.

Table of Contents:
The Artist's Agenda: Disconnection from the Academy through Unity with Nature
Triad of Primitivism: "Large Bathers", "The Modern Olympia" and "Temptation of St. Anthony"
Conclusion: Cezanne and Philosophy: A Conglomeration of Connections

From the Paper:

"The term "primitive" generally refers to a period of time characterized by the use of simple technology. Particular European Artists attempted to appropriate the form and imaging of the primitive subject as a means to escape "history." Flam explains that this agenda was adopted not only by Matisse and Picasso, but by each of the artists now referenced as the Fauves. In the context of Cezanne's artistic endeavors, primitivism may be regarded as both a movement away from the technological sophistication of the modern Western world and a reinterpretation of ancient paganism that is both alien to the contemporary."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Arnason, H. History of Modern Art, New York, Harry N. Abrams Inc., 1968.
  • Bell, C. Since Cezanne, London, Chatto and Windus, 1922.
  • Benjamin, Roger. "Matisse in Morocco: A Colonizing Esthetic?" Art in America. (November, 1990), 157-164, 211, 213.
  • Flam, Jack D. "Matisse and the Fauves," in Rubin, William. (Ed.) "Primitivism" in 20th Century Art: Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern, Vol. 1. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1984. pp. 211-240.
  • Flam, J. Primitivism and Twentieth-century Art; A Documentary History, Berkeley: University of California Press.

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