Philadelphia is the Only Venue for a Major Exhibition Exploring Cézanne's Impact on Artists

Henri Matisse, (French, 1869 – 1954), Fruit, Flowers, and The Dance, 1909. Oil on canvas, 35 x 45 5/8 inches. The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

In 1907, the French painter Paul Cézanne’s posthumous retrospective astonished younger artists, accelerating the experimentation of European modernism. Cézanne (1839-1906) became for Henri Matisse “a benevolent god of painting,” and for Pablo Picasso “my one and only master.” Cézanne’s inclusion in the Armory Show in New York in 1913 also offered American artists a new direction. Cézanne & Beyond (February 26 through May 17, 2009) will examine the seismic shift provoked by this pivotal figure, examining him as form-giver, catalyst, and touchstone for artists who followed. It will survey the development of an artistic vision that anticipated Cubism and fueled a succession of artistic movements, and will juxtapose Cézanne’s achievement with works by many who were inspired directly by him, showing a fluid interchange of form and ideas. It will place his work in context with more recent artists like Ellsworth Kelly, Jasper Johns, and Brice Marden, who in quite different ways came to terms with the master of Aix-en-Provence. His profound impact on successive generations endures to the present day. The exhibition will present more than 150 works, including a large group of paintings, watercolors and drawings by Cézanne, along with those of 18 later artists.


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Matisse from Pompidou Museum returned to lawful owners

H. Matiss. Landscape with Pink Wall. Oil on canvas. 1898. Fund of the medical organization Magen David Adom

Henri Matisse’s picture The Landscape with Pink Wall which in 1941 was withdrawn from German industrialist Harry Fuld (1879–1932) was returned to the owner’s heir-at-laws.

The Landscape with Pink Wall was nationalized by the government of Germany in 1937. Earlier it belonged to Harry Fuld who had inherited the canvas from his father. There is information that he bought it in 1914. When national socialists came to power and the start of persecutions on Jews Fuld emigrated to Great Britain having left the picture in Frankfurt on Main.


Published in: on January 28, 2009 at 1:06 am  Leave a Comment