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Cezannes Early Imagery Mary Tompkins Lewis

Cezannes Early Imagery

Mary Tompkins Lewis

Published January 28th 1992
ISBN : 9780520065635
Paperback
300 pages
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The turbulent and problematic work of Paul Cézannes first decade as a painter has long been overshadowed by his legendary early history. The persona of a brash and intense Romantic that Cézanne created for himself contributed to critical dismissalMoreThe turbulent and problematic work of Paul Cézannes first decade as a painter has long been overshadowed by his legendary early history. The persona of a brash and intense Romantic that Cézanne created for himself contributed to critical dismissal of his early work as the chaotic and emotional outpouring of an unbridled imagination. Subsequent scholarship, both formalist and psychoanalytical in orientation, has tended to sustain this view, with the result that a unique and powerful body of work has seemed but the murky glimmering before Cézannes introduction to Impressionism in 1872.Mary Tompkins Lewis here assesses Cézannes first works as a whole, with particular emphasis on the subject paintings, and finds them to be stylistically and iconographically coherent. Lewis views the body of early work not as rudimentary efforts giving unschooled shape to the artists emotions, but as informed and complex reworkings of traditional subjects, styles, and techniques, suffused with the defiant imagination of a burgeoning master.