A MAN AND HIS MOUNTAIN
For Paul Cézanne the mountain was Sainte-Victoire,
the limestone monolith that dominates the landscape of Aix, his native town;
it also symbolises his struggle with life and the obsession to paint things as they appeared to his eyes and mind.
That meant spurning the great renaissance paintings and everything after them
- all based on mathematical perspective--that is, monocular vision.
By painting what he perceived with both eyes, Cézanne was reviled in his lifetime, accused of being perverse, unbalanced. Yes, even by his best friend and soul-mate, the great Emile Zola.
It was Cézanne’s Calvary to swim against the artistic mainstream, but eventually he was recognised as one of the greatest painters.
And as the artist who could be said to have inspired Picasso, Braque and almost every movement in modern art.