View Full Version : Oldies but Goodies - CEZANNE - Aug 8 -22

08-07-2009, 09:42 AM
If you are new, this thread is one of a series where we select an artist and study him/her, copy, do our own renditions in any medium you like. This will be over the next two weeks. I hope to see you.

We are moving right on to Cezanne. An artist most of the world is very familiar with.

Cezanne (a Frenchie) lived 1839 - 1906. Upon first impression (ah, oops- a pun) I though some of his composition similar to Blake (an Englishman 1757 - 1827). What do you think?

Here are some links to biographical info and images.





08-07-2009, 02:10 PM
Hi azul. I was just doing a bit of reading on Cezanne today.

Here are a couple of links for interest.




I like the Cezanne still life of fruit you posted...mainly because it is simple. Some of his still life compositions are way too complicated for me. They'd take a lot longer than 2 weeks to do!!

I like his portraits too. See you later.

08-07-2009, 05:04 PM
Here I am with my Utube again http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D25zQsfNPYY

08-08-2009, 02:34 AM
I like watching the utube videos, Janet!

08-09-2009, 10:04 PM
well, I enjoyed the Utube, did a sketch in prep to paint too! Now I'd like to read some about this guy on the links.

08-12-2009, 06:06 AM

Here's my rough study of 'Madam cezanne in a red armchair'. 7 by 9 ins, acrylics on paper.

Not an exact copy because I didn't square it up or anything like that. I just launched in and daubed away with the paint trying to understand Cezanne's 'broken' colour. I am happy with the result. Maybe I'll do another...or maybe I won't have time.

Anyway, I've got a book of watercolour paper (cheap sketchbook really) and set it aside for my masters copies. i think it will be interesting to have them all in one place. That's my plan.:D

08-12-2009, 11:53 AM
June, your Madame Cezanne is just beautiful. Love all the little touches. I had an art teacher who told us that she had once done a copy of a Cezanne landscape inch by inch to try to understand how he painted. He was her favorite artist and felt his work was the beginning of modernism and cubism.

I've had my nose in a Cezanne art book all morning trying to REALLY LOOK at his paintings. Looking at the originals would be better. I'm always peering about an inch away from paintings in the museum, instead of back where you see the whole thing (of course I do that too)

Having a book of your studies is a great idea...your own art book. :heart:

08-12-2009, 12:42 PM
Hi Janet. I love your new avatar!!

Mmm, I am loving Cezanne's art more and more as I feel he really made interesting strides in his paintings...I love the way he converyed the feeling of a silken/satin type of material in Madam Cezanne's dress in that work, and yet if you look at the paint- its just dabs of blues and greys, yellow ochres and greens...very enlightening.

08-12-2009, 02:57 PM
Unfortunately the avatar looks just like me :lol:

June, I just noticed where you put your initials and date. Wonderful placement. Makes it part of the painting. I think Madame Cezanne is one of the best things you've posted. :heart:

08-13-2009, 08:20 PM
Oh June that is wonderful. I agree with Janet - it is one of the bestest of your pieces. Not on the cheap paper I hope.

I too bought a pad of 11 X 15" watercolor paper just for the oldies pieces . The stack of them is growing! :)

08-13-2009, 11:24 PM
Well.... it is on the cheap watercolour paper but that's OK because its not a bad quality paper for the price. And with it being acrylics, the plastic kind of preserves the paper, I think.

Funny you say its one of my best because I'd say its one I 'attended to' the least. I did it in 3 bouts as warm-up before doing other art pix in acrylics.
Maybe that's the secret...don't pay too much attention.

08-18-2009, 10:27 AM
My Cezanne...Five Bathers


and the original


That was a workout, but I learned a lot. :heart:

08-18-2009, 10:29 AM
Sorry, painting done in acrylic on gessoed paper.....about 8x10.

08-18-2009, 11:53 AM
Hi Janet. I love your Cezanne bathers. Clear colour and the figures are interacting so well. I especially love the figure with the long auburn hair.:clap:

I also like using acrylics, but must try and do some oils soon. Cezanne is an artist that we could do in more depth sometime. He did so many subjects..

08-18-2009, 02:28 PM
Thanks June. I use acrylics a lot, but they are sort of cold. Oils are creamier and warmer. I should try to get more practice with them.

I read a long time ago about someone who gessoed their sketchbook, so I gave it a try. Gesso your paper, wait til it dries then gesso the other side and the next page and so on....It takes forever to do, but you end up with a painterly sketchbook. I haven't tried oils on this surface...probably not practical, but great for acrylics.

Cezanne certainly deserves a month at least. His fruit still lifes look the hardest to do. Thanks Robin for these two weeks with PC. :cool:

08-18-2009, 05:49 PM
Have you tried the atelier acrylics which stay workable for longer than normal acrylics and which also have a lovely warm result fairly similar to oils?

And you can use oils on gessoed paper as I've done that for quick sketches and studies. Maybe water-soluble oils would be best on this surface but trad. oils do OK on gesso paper.

08-18-2009, 08:27 PM
Atelier acrylics, I'll have to look for them on the internet, as I'm not allowed to browse in an art store. I must go straight to my purchase, say, a tube of white paint, and look neither to right or left, pay, and then make a dash for the door. Otherwise my credit card could have thousands in charges. I'm a super art supply shopaholic. :lol:

Anyway I do have a set of water soluble oils, and I can play with them. :heart:

08-21-2009, 08:08 AM
Janet - good work on the bathers.....the faces are looking in the right places......interesting the interactions he has going on and the detatched postures

Here is one I got done just in time - caran D'ache watercolor pencils - 8 X 12 "

08-21-2009, 02:11 PM
Really nice drawing Robin...and I like the surround too. He did a lot of bathers, it seems, using all kinds of mediums.

Put lots of XXXXXXXs next to his name, so we can revisit him again. Want to try some landscapes next. :heart: