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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fracturing a Little Part of a Cezanne



Fracturing Cezanne

6x6in oil on canvas panel  $100.

Apples and a pear - Influenced by the Master, Cezanne.


Artist Note.

Last year I painted a series of small areas (details) from famous paintings.
It was a way to learn and explore techniques.
The one I copied, below, is from
Still life with Fruit Dish, Apples
See Cezanne
I remember it was hard to tell the correct colors when I was trying to copy
it because every reproduction looked different. As I painted, I discovered
it was a pear balancing on top of the apples. Crafty Cezanne was most likely
trying to see who was really looking. Most of us would fall into the trap.
If it says apples in the title then we are apt to think they are all apples.













I placed one of his jugs from another painting
behind the apples and took out the glass
so it would not be exactly the same.


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27 comments:

  1. Your colors are absolutely alive! Wow.

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    1. It was the way he placed the color which made his work so beautiful.
      I like your plein air piece today.

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  2. i love cezanne and this is cezanne-delightful! the colors are beautiful!

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    1. I think his colors always looked good because he used white somewhere and place tiny amounts of all the colors in the white. As Chagall would say... all colors are friends of their neighbors! He most likely had studied Cezanne.

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  3. What a great idea! I have been thinking of working from master paintings for a while but couldn't quite come up with a way of approaching this. An exhibition of Impressionist paintings from the Clark collection has just opened here in Montreal! I'll be looking at the paintings with an eye for the kind of works I could paint from!

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    1. Lucky you being able to go to see the impressionist paintings. Please let me know which ones you like best.
      I love Montreal. Your suitcases make a fun painting.

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  4. I really am impressed how you painted Cezanne yet made this entirely your own. I also do many copies of the master's - there is always so much to learn!

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  5. I appreciate your comment, Susan. Happy to know you do the copies too. I love the continual learning art provides.

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  6. What a brilliant idea...to take portions of a painting as you did. I bet you do learn so much that way. Your portion looks good enough to eat. Lovely colors!

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    1. Laughing at your portions joke - good one, Lisa. Just like your art you can light up my day.

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  7. Susan is so right!
    A still life true-beauty and completely in your own style.
    I love the pearl of the jug to brighten the composition, making even whiter the white tablecloth!

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    1. Hi Rita - you have such a good eye. I agree that the jug makes the tablecloth whiter.

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  8. That was interesting, informative and a wonderful still life. I like the cool and warm contrasts in it. I have started to play with structure and blending color on the canvas, and I partly blame you, well not blame exactly.

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    1. Hi Roger, I want to say out loud - your latest piece is perfection!

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  9. I find both versions amazing, Julie. I wouldn't have caught that that was a pear, I don't think. Good eyes! Your work is so beautiful always.

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    1. Thanks, Crimson, but I can't take credit for this one.

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  10. Move over Cezanne!!! I have always loved his style and think its a wonderful idea to copy the Masters..we learn so much from doing it. There's a painting that Rembrandt painted that I just HAVE to copy!!! Of course, it will be in pastels and not oil.

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    1. Gosh - copy a Rembrandt? You can do it if anyone can. You have my curiosity piqued - which one would you copy?

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  11. It is a wonderful rendition! So glad that you just did a little portion-it was just enough to be an effective and pleasing piece:)

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    1. Hmmm...I do have a large painting of apples that I may try going over it with the fracturing if the surface is receptive enough. The end results may not be good but it would be a fabulous learning adventure.

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  12. I really, really, love this concept, Julie! Fantastic learning tool. It should definitely remove the dreaded artist's block of "What should I paint?". This gives endless subjects and endless learning.

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    1. YOU "get it" Dean, it is all about the learning. Glad you approve and I hope to see you try something.

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  13. How interesting! I love stories like that.

    When trying to get back into drawing, I did my Moorish Archway, using my hero's, Axel Haig,print as reference - but doing it my way. It really helped me, I think. and is no way plagiarizing the work of the masters.

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  14. I am stunned at the result in your signature style!

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  15. Great result.
    http://modernartists.blogspot.in/2013/08/paul-cezanne-moral-imperative-of.html

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Julie