Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Nelson House and Everything Cezanne

A 12 x 24 oil of the Nelson House with a view across the Delaware River at Washington's Crossing.

Another excerpt from the Cezanne biography: "Out sur le motif he mused on the fundamental.  'All that we see dissipates and disappears, does it not? Nature is always the same, but nothing remains of what we see of it.  It is our art that must convey the sense of permanence, capture the elements in all their changing forms.  It should give us a taste of the eternal.  What lies beneath?  Perhaps nothing.  Perhaps everything.  Everything, you understand?'"


SamArtDog said...

I remember this scene from last year, when it was bluer and yellower, with snow I think. Now with the tones of the red path cutting across the green lawn past the ochre pillars down to the gray-blue of the river, and black marks delineating shapes, I can see Cezanne's influences.
Regardless of the colors you choose, I still love the picture, although this one (for its influences?) is quite remarkable.
So are you.

Bob Lafond said...

Sam, Your recollection is correct. Thank you for your insightful comments. If we were in a boat, I would ask you not to go overboard!