Cézanne en Provence at Granet Museum
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Cézanne en Provence at Granet Museum
Paul Cézanne, The Gulf of Marseilles seen from L'Estaque, Oil on canvas, 73 x 100 cm - c. 1885. Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, H.O. Havenemeyer Collection, bequest of Mrs H.O. Havenemeyer, 1929 (29.100.64) © 2005 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

AIX-EN-PROVENCE.-The exhibition Cézanne en Provecne is on view at the Granet Museum. 2006 is a tribute year celebrating Paul Cézanne, an artist firmly rooted in his native Provence, but also a universal genius who heralded the avant-garde movements of the 20th century. One hundred years after his death, the city of Aix-en-Provence and the Community of the Pays d'Aix, the Ministry for Culture and Communication, in partnership with the Region of Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur ad the Department of Bouches-du-Rhone, are joining forces to make 2006 into a season featuring numerous events which will both improve our knowledge of the master's enigmatic work and encourage the contemporary arts, reaffirming the creative vitality of Provence.

The national interest of Cézanne in Provece exhibition has been recognized by the museums department of the ministry for Culture and Communication, and the event accordingly benefits from special State funding. The exhibition takes place under the high patronage of Monsieur Jacques Chirac, President of the Republic.

Over a century ago, after trying to make his way as an artist in Paris and elsewhere, Paul Cézanne returned to his childhood surroundings. He was to stay there for the rest of his life, convinced that nowhere else could he find what he sought. This land of intense sensations impacted with the creative artist on a quest for truth, and the result was an astonishingly powerful body of work. Cézanne’s pictures, steeped in the light and atmosphere of the Provençal landscape around Aix, put the city on the international map as a site of unique value for its associations with the output of a genius. Aix-en-Provence and Cézanne have become inseparable.

The exhibition Cézanne in Provence features 117 of the artist’s works, with 80 oil paintings (including The Large Bathers from the National Gallery, London, and numerous versions of Sainte-Victoire) and 30 water colors. All the paintings are closely associated with localities in and near Aix, making the event a celebration of Cézanne’s Provence – a splendid proof that his universal genius, which anticipated Cubism, Fauvism and abstract art, was firmly and inevitably rooted in his native land.

The Cézanne in Provence exhibition is a co-production by the musée granet/Communauté du Pays d’Aix, la Réunion des musées nationaux, and is organized jointly with the National Gallery of Art in Washington where the exhibition was presented.

This exhibition is recognized as being of national interest by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication/Direction des musées de France. As a result, it benefits from an exceptional financial support from the State.

The principal curators of the exhibition are Philip Conisbee, senior curator of European paintings, National Gallery of Art - Washington, and Denis Coutagne, principal curator of the musée granet, Aix-en-Provence. The exhibition catalog will be published jointly.

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