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Description of the painting by Paul Cezanne “Self-portrait”

Description of the painting by Paul Cezanne “Self-portrait”


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Paul Cezanne is a French artist who is a prominent representative of the direction of post-impressionism. In his works, he tries to combine modernity and classics, society and individuality, harmony and chaos, man and nature. It was in the reconciliation of the two opposites was his life philosophy. This approach to art can also be observed in his many self-portraits.

This self-portrait of Paul Cezanne was written in 1875, and is considered one of the first. In addition to the fact that he clearly demonstrates the originality of the artist's style, he also has a certain drama and huge internal strength. Facial features were drawn in such a way that in the foreground his intellectuality and artistry were noticeable, pushing any other emotions into the background.

The shape of the face and high forehead, more precisely, their contours and texture, give the impression that Cezanne did not draw, but fashioned every detail from soft clay. This is achieved by layering paint, creating the effect of space and real volume.

As for the artist’s view of the Self-Portrait, not only severity, but also hidden sorrow is visible in his eyes. There are no other details so that you can completely concentrate on the image itself. This is not the first time the creator has used the effect of “sculptural plasticity” to fully convey the whole gamut of feelings. In this self-portrait, as in some of Paul’s other masterpieces, there are almost no contour lines that can make the picture hollow.

In addition, looking at the picture, you can understand Cezanne's love for "pure painting", without unnecessary elements and color transitions. As the artist himself said, it is in this way that one can visually show the actual connection of a person with the world around him.





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