Cézanne and the Past. Tradition and Creativity

Museum of Fine Arts
Until 17 February 2013

Paul Cézanne, Self-portrait, 1875, Oil on canvas, 64 × 53 cm © Musée d’Orsay, Paris, inv. no. RF 1947-29, RP 182

The importance of Cézanne’s art for 20th-century painting is the subject of many exhibitions, and always arouses the interest of art lovers. This time his oeuvre is shown in an aspect which has not been discussed before, namely the artist’s attitude to his predecessors. The display presents almost a hundred works by Cézanne from the most famous museum collections, juxtaposed to paintings which inspired the artist in the various stages of his career. About 40 works of great painters, including Luca Signorelli, Raphael, Michael Angelo, Poussin, Goya, Delacroix or Courbet, will be shown next to relevant paintings by the French master. The exhibition will recreate the artistic dialogue conducted by Cézanne for four decades, shaping his own artistic language, which is so familiar today.