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Apples and Oranges

Paul Cézanne. 1899

Paul Cézanne started painting with a pretty dark palette of colors. One of his first paintings is a portrait of his father that is quite disturbing, which can also be seen in this museum. On the contrary, Apples and oranges is brightly colored and far from its beginnings. The painter here shows us that he acquired the coloring of the Impressionists.

Cézanne was defined as an obsessive person and discoveries in science, specifically in the field of optics, impacted his work. The artist questioned the use of perspective in light of these investigations and studied the effect of how our brain generates an image in three dimensions, that is, how each of our eyes produces a slightly different image from the other and combined both we can see distinguishing depth.

Cézanne did not require more complex elements to illustrate the application of the concept of stereo vision, so in 1899 he created a series of six still lifes, where they are observed in a somewhat theatrical disposition, simple elements such as fruits, tableware, crockery and vases with flowers.

Studies on the vision of Cézanne's objects and the modernity of his painting influenced the work of the Cubists, and although Cézanne died thinking that he had left no artist disciples to continue his aesthetics, Pablo Picasso referred to him as "Cézanne, he was my only teacher! His paintings have accompanied me throughout my life. I have studied them for years and years. "