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Cézanne and American Modernism
at Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
Recommendation by S.C. Ringgenberg


Paul Cézanne, 'Bathers,' 1898-1900

Continuing through September 26, 2010

"Cézanne and American Modernism" serves to highlight the electrifying impact that Paul Cézanne exerted on early 20th Century American painters. He was truly a bridge between the Impressionists and the very earliest Modern Art. The show features 18 of Cézanne's canvases and watercolors, including several portraits, and a number of his highly stylized landscapes. Interestingly, there is also a selection of early 20th Century photographs by Edward Steichen, Clarence H. White, Paul Outerbridge and others that amply illustrates Cézanne's simultaneous influence on that medium, in their lighting of the subjects, and in their choice of subject matter.

Among the 30-odd American painters included here who were influenced by Cézanne's simplified forms and distinctive brushstrokes are Abstract Expressionist Arshile Gorky, the exceedingly versatile Man Ray, probably better known for his photographs, collages and sculptures, and Marsden Hartley, the renowned landscape and still life painter. Max Weber is also well-represented with eight pieces. Other highlights include a striking still life by Arthur Dove, and John Marin, Charles DeMuth, and Morgan Russell's luminous watercolors.

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