Friday 9 June 2006 saw the opening of a major exhibition of the Impressionist Cezanne’s work in and of Provence. The recently opened Musee Granet in Aix-en-Provence (13 Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence) is holding the first proper exhibition of the artist’s Provencal works.
There has been a peculiar reticence to exhibit Cezanne’s work in his native Provence – perhaps because he was in many ways a radical in bridging the gap between classical and modern art and then pushing the boundaries of impressionism. The exhibition is unique in dealing solely with Provence where he was born: “We see how the light and countryside structured Cezanne’s paintings. And we see the artist’s evolution from his impressionist touch to his more modern, more contemporary touch.”. Perhaps we forget that although Provence was a great inspiration for artists especially for its light and landscape, it was very much provincial and traditional France, being suspicious of the new ideas emanating from a very foreign Paris – Van Gogh was also not appreciated at the time in the region which was the subject of much of his most acclaimed work.
The exhibition runs through until September 17 is part of the Cezanne 2006 celebrations marking the centenary of his death. Hopefully the queues will not be as bad as the picture above, taken at the official opening.
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