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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 01/19/2011

Paul Cézanne's birthday celebrated with his artwork (Photos)

By Melissa Bell
"Mont Sainte-Victoire and the Viaduct of the Arc River Valley" (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H.O. Havemeyer, 1929)

Today's a busy day for birthdays: Edgar Allan Poe, Janis Joplin, and Paul Cézanne. But the only one to make the top Google logo tribute is the French painter Paul Cézanne. For his 172nd birthday, Google gave its logo a still-life treatment based on the style of his work. His landscapes and studies of the human figure moved painting beyond Impressionism into the Cubism that was to follow in the early 19th century. The Post's art critic Blake Gopnik wrote:

It's just possible that Paul Cézanne, that reactionary old recluse who stayed holed up in Provence until his death in 1906, made the most complex, most widely influential art the West has ever known. The chaos of Picasso's cubism, the cool of Mondrian's abstraction, the heat of Max Beckmann's expressionism, even the latest backlit photos of Jeff Wall -- it all tracks back to Cézanne.

Here's a look back at some of his best work (with the exclusion of the Google logo, of course. Cézanne did not paint that one...)


"Bathers" (The Baltimore Museum of Art: the Cone Collection)
"The Francois Zola Dam" (National Museum of Wales; Miss Gwendoline E. Davies Bequest)
"The Card Players" (The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Bequest of Stephen C. Clark)
"The Large Bathers" (Philadelphia Museum of Art)
"Young Girl at the Piano" (The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg)

(Cezanne always reminds me of my mother, so, Mom, this post is for you!)

By Melissa Bell  | January 19, 2011; 10:42 AM ET
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Mont Sainte-Victoire is my favorite one up there.

Posted by: ozpunk | January 19, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

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