Friday, December 21, 2012
Blasted Tree and More Cezanne
This drawing, made late this afternoon, is from my sketchbook. I was wandering through the woods looking at the tremendous damage left by hurricane Sandy.
I highly recommend the book, Cezanne: A Life by Alex Danchev. It's a fun book to read. Danchev does a great job showing the character of Cezanne with anecdotes and describing the how Cezanne relates to his time, acquaintances and friends. Here's another excerpt regarding Cezanne's sister Marie: "At her death, in 1921, she possessed one painting, a study of Mont Sainte-Victoire. Late in life, when a visitor made bold to remark on how few Cezannes she had, she replied: 'Oh! Monsieur, I have that Sainte-Victoire because my brother forced me to take it, and so as not to upset him! I never understood and I still don't understand anything about my brother's painting! And he used to say to me: Marie, I tell you I'm the greatest painter alive!'"