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Cézanne au béret devant un chevalet, lithography, 1898 - 1900.  

    "The man with a bowler hat edged forward. He was wearing a frock coat, with a painting under his arm, and skirted around a block of houses. As he had some premonition, he suddendly looked upon his shoulder.

    Then, the children started throwing stones at him...

    His name Paul Cézanne."

    Rainer Maria Rilke, Lettres sur Cézanne.
    in "Yvon Taillandier, P Cézanne",
    Flammarion, Paris, 1967.

Paul Cézanne in Sri Lanka

    An Exhibition
    Three workshops

... high points of "The Cézanne Week" which was organized jointly by the "New Age Group" and "L'Alliance Française de Kandy" with the participation of Sri Lankan artists.

From the 23d February to the 4th March 2001.
Alliance Française de Kandy, 412, Peradeniya Road, Kandy.


    A book in Sinhala


    Paul Cézanne by Janaka Samarakoon
    Vidarshana Publishers, Colombo, 2001.
    43 illustrations, 22 in colour.
    Orders : vidarshana@eureka.lk

    For the first time in Sinhala, a book on Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), the famous French painter who is also honoured as the father of modern art is launched. This provides the reader with a comprehensive guide to the life and works of this fascinating personality. No art student or art amater can ignore studying this revolutionary post-impressionist who foresaw almost every art movement developped in the 20th century. This, without any doubt, is a major contribution to the field of art in Sri Lanka.


Life of Paul Cézanne

  • 1839

    Born in Aix-en- Provence (South of France).

  • 1844 - 1859

    Education. He becomes friendly with Emile Zola and, in his company, discovers nature and poetry. In 1856, he started his studies of painting.

  • 1860 - 1862

    Thanks to the support of his mother and sister, he finally gets his father's authorization to abandon the studies of law and to devote himself to painting. He leaves his city of Aix and goes to Paris ; he spends a lot of time in the Musée du Louvre.

Unfortunately, some material difficulties and his failure at the admission into the Ecole des Beaux-Arts provoke his come back to his native city at the end of 1861, where he works in his father's bank. One year later, he decides to become painter and goes again to Paris.

  • 1863 - 1865

    He works in the Académie Suisse, where he meet Pissarro, Sisley and Monet. Nevertheless, he is solitary, and spends his time beween Paris and Aix.

  • 1866 - 1867

    His paintings are rejected in the Salons of 1866 and 1867.

  • 1870 - 1871

    The Franco-Prussian War drives him to L'Estaque in the proximity of Marseille in the company of Hortense Fiquet, a 19 years old model who will become his wife in 1886.
    Their son, born in 1872, will receive the same first name than his father, Paul. At the end of the war, he comes back to Paris.

  • 1872

    With his family, he joins Pissarro at Pontoise, and later spends his summers at Auvers-sur-Oise, where he meets docteur Gachet.

  • 1874

    At the first Impressionist Exhibition, he exhibits "The House of the Hanged Man at Auvers" and, in 1877, in the 3d Impressionist Exhibition, his paintings are booed by a majority of visitors.

  • Portrait de Cézanne (detail), Camille Pissaro, etching, 1874.

  • 1882

    He receives at L'Estaque, where he is living from 1878 with his family, the visit of Renoir. He exhibits in 1882 at the Salon and, till 1885, spends a great part of his time in Provence.

  • 1885 - 1886

    Difficult period which is marked by an unfortunate sentimental adventure, his break-up with Zola and the death of his father.

  • 1887 - 1890

    He does a lot of paintings , and he is invited to exhibit in Brussels by "Les XX" (1887) and in Paris at the"Décennale de l'Art français" (1889). He feels the first symptoms of diabetis, and he will be suffering of this illness till his death.

  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir, "Portrait de Cézanne", pastel, 1880,
    Art Institute of Chicago.

    Edouard Vuillard, Paul Cézanne.
    • 1895

      His first big show in Paris. This artistic event provokes many passionate controversies.

    • 1897 - 1898

      Cézanne rents a part of the Château noir ; from this location, he can see the Mont Sainte-Victoire. In 1898, he is greatly affected by the disparition of his mother.

    • 1899 - 1900

      Cézanne settles in Aix and starts to become famous in France, and also in other countries. From several years, he has in mind his big compositions of "Bathers".

    Autoportrait au béret, 1898-1900, Museum of Boston.

    • 1902

      He is shocked by the death of Zola.

    • 1904

      At the Salon d'Automne, his paintings are presented in a complete hall. It is the triumph.

    • 1905

      He exhibits ten paintings at the Salon d'Automne, among them "The Great Bathers".

  • 1906

    He get caught in a storm when he was painting, and died one week later, the 22nd October.


    On the bookshelves of our library













    Cézanne, Les Dernières Années.

     Dictionnaire de l'Art Contemporain.

    Impressionist Paintings, Its Genesis and Its Development.

    Douze Oeuvres de Cézanne de l'Ancienne Collection Pellerin.

    L'Impressionnisme et le Paysage Français.

    Dictionnaire Universel de la Peinture.

    A Dictionary of Art and Artists.

    Paul Cézanne.

    Les Pommes de Cézanne.

    P. Cézanne.

    Souvenirs d'un Marchand de Tableaux.


    Lettres sur Cézanne.

    Letters on Cézanne.


    Catalogue d'Exposition, Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Paris, 1978.

    Charmet, Raymond, Larousse, Paris, 1965.

    Dewhurts, Wynford, in The Studio n. 124, London, July 1903.

    Gache-Patin, Sylvie, in La Revue du Louvre et des Musées de France, Paris, 1984.

    Gache-Patin, Sylvie, in La Revue du Louvre et des Musées de France, Paris, 1985.

    Maillard, Robert, in Dictionnaire Universel de la Peinture, S.N.L. Dictionnaires Robert, Paris, 1975.

    Murray, Peter and Linda, in A Dictionary of Art and Artists, Penguin Books, England, 1973.

    Schapiro, Meyer, Nouvelles Editions Françaises, Paris, 1973.

    Schapiro, Meyer, in Revue de l'Art n. 1.2, Paris, 1968.

    Taillandier, Yvan, Flammarion, Paris, 1967.

    Vollard, Ambroise, Albin Michel, 1937.

    Vollard, Ambroise, Dover Publications, New York, 1984.

    Rilke, Rainer Maria, Seuil, Paris, 1985.

    Rilke, Rainer Maria, Fromm International Publishing Corporation, New York, 2000.

    Cézanne, Paul, Bernard Grasset, Paris, 1978.