The 12 Most Famous Paintings by Paul Cezanne

Famous Paintings by Paul Cezanne

These are the 12 most famous paintings by Paul Cézanne. Paul Cézanne (1839–1906), a French painter, was one of the most significant Post-Impressionist, influencing the aesthetics of several twentieth-century artists and art movements, including Cubism. He was the first artist of his generation to move away from Impressionism on purpose and with success.

The Card Players (1895)

The Card Players, of which there are a number of versions of, is one of the most famous paintings by Paul Cezanne, depicting male peasants smoking pipes and playing cards in their daily lives. It disregarded the scene’s emotional tradition. It was a quiet scene that has been described as “human still life.” The Card Players is a collection of five paintings that differ in size as well as the number of subjects represented.

The Large Bathers (1898)

This is a painting of 14 figures bathing near a river. The abstract nude females provide tension and intensity to the painting. The landscape is mostly bluish with a soft haze in the sky, water, and vegetation mixed, which makes it a unique and wonderful atmosphere. This painting was Cézanne’s largest and last painting in the collection. It is also regarded as a classic of modern art and has been shown on television broadcasts as one of the finest compositions of all time, despite its unfinished state. 

Mont Sainte-Victoire seen from Bellevue (1895)

This is a painting of Montagne Sainte-Victoire in Provence, in southern France, where Cézanne was born. The painting shows his goal of bringing order and control to natural situations without sacrificing Impressionism’s optical realism. Light and colors provide the impression of a pattern that isn’t based on nature but exists naturally.

Still life with fruit basket (1888)

This painting is of pots, fruits, a basket, and cloth that are all arranged on a kitchen table. Cézanne said, “Painting from nature is not copying the object, it is realizing one’s sensations.” “Still Life with Fruit Basket” portrays this view, as do a number of the famous paintings by Paul Cezanne, as well as the utilization of color, light, pictorial space, and how we see things. 

Apples and Oranges (1900)

This is a painting of a bunch of fruits on a table, such as apples and oranges, which are set in earthenware. The table and the two fruit bowls appear to be painted from distinct perspectives. “Apples and Oranges” brings together modernity and rich beauty to express enjoyment with emotional force and incredible creativity.

The Bather (1885)

This is a painting of an adolescent boy treading slowly in a shallow stream with his hands on his hips. The landscape is as barren as a desert, but there are green, violet, and rose colors. “The Bather” isn’t metaphorical, and it doesn’t tell a story or communicate a message. It is simply a very modern painting and one of the famous paintings by Paul Cezanne for exactly this reason.

Bathers (1905)

This is a painting of 14 figures of men and women bathing near a river. “Bathers” is also known as “Les Grandes Baigneuses.” It evokes images of bathing nymphs and goddesses, particularly mythological scenes from Venetian Renaissance art. Cézanne’s painting, on the other hand, lacks a clear narrative or literary source. 

A Modern Olympia (1874)

A Modern Olympia is a painting of a naked servant removing a sheet from a bed, exposing Olympia, who is also naked. It is characterized by vibrant, luminous colors and a direct movement toward Impressionism. This painting was considered very shocking at the time, causing quite a stir when it was first displayed because “Olympia” was a term used to describe prostitutes in Paris. This is also likely a nod to his contemporary Edouard Manet who also depicted his own version of Olympia one year earlier.

Avenue at Chantilly (1888)

This is a painting of a park surrounding the chateau where Cézanne was staying in Chantilly. Warm ochres and reds contrast with cooler blues, greens, and greys, and tonal variations imply the effects of light on vegetation. The darker blue and green colors define the structure of the trees and fences.

Woman with a Coffee Pot (1895)

This is a painting of a woman with a coffee pot, most likely a servant or café employee known to the Cézanne family. The painting includes elements of portraits and still life, as well as Impressionism and Cubism. “Woman with a Coffeepot” is a study of geometric shapes rather than characters.

Women Bathing (1900)

This is a painting based on Cézanne’s characters in pictures. They are completely unaware of their surroundings and the other characters. “Women Bathing” is also referred to as “Bathers.” The painting does not represent a specific situation or moment, as an Impressionist painting would; instead, it changes a theme that had a timeless character for Cézanne.

Boy in a Red Vest (1889)

This is a painting of an Italian boy who is in a sad seated position, his elbow on a table and his head cradled in his hand. “Boy in a Red Vest” is also known as “The Boy in the Red Waistcoat.”  There are four oil paintings of this boy in the red vest, who is in various positions.

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