- Character -
Cezanne is the embodiment of all of my greatest desires and all of my
my greatest fears. The man was a visionary, a genius, brilliant. He was
also difficult, rude, self-isolated, and anti-social. He transformed the
course of art, and he wouldn't shake his idol Edouard Manet's hand because
he hadn't washed in eight days. Early rejection made him prickly and
paranoid, and he grew increasingly bitter.
Cezanne felt that he was living out of time - that he had been born a
generation too early, never seeing that he was the product of his times.
His innovation was to combine the solidity and structure of the traditional
canonical art with the light and techniques and ways of viewing of the
newer impressionist movement, and to build a palette that was the
combination of the two.