Cézanne @ The Barnes

Paul Cézanne, Vase of Flowers, 1900/1903 (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D
Paul Cézanne, Vase of Flowers, 1900/1903 (National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Gift of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer)

Xico Greenwald reviews the exhibition The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne at The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, on view through September 22, 2014.

Greenwald writes that "the artworks in this exhibition contain wildly different compositional arrangements and display varied paint handling, showing Cézanne to be a thoughtful artist engaged in a lifetime of learning... Beyond studio experiments, a few magnificent loans add heft to this show. The National Gallery of Art’s 'Vase of Flowers,' 1900/1903, is bumpy from layer after layer of paint application, a testament to Cézanne’s tenacity... Recalling his apprenticeship in the master’s Aix-en-Provence studio, artist Émile Bernard said: ' ... In truth, his method of study was a meditation with a brush in his hand.' "