Cézanne and American Modernism

Cézanne and American Modernism

by Gail Stavitsky, Katherine Rothkopf
     
 

Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) is one of the great geniuses in the history of art, and his work has influenced a multitude of artists throughout Europe. Across the Atlantic, Cézanne’s paintings had a similarly catalytic effect on artists emerging in the United States during the early 20th century. Cézanne and American Modernism is the

Overview

Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) is one of the great geniuses in the history of art, and his work has influenced a multitude of artists throughout Europe. Across the Atlantic, Cézanne’s paintings had a similarly catalytic effect on artists emerging in the United States during the early 20th century. Cézanne and American Modernism is the first book devoted specifically to his impact on American art and its eager reception there. It shows how American painters and photographers cemented Cézanne’s legacy by spreading their respect and admiration for his vision with their own art, writings, and exhibitions.

Examining Cézanne’s influence on more than a generation of American artists, this handsomely illustrated book features paintings and photography by Paul Strand, Marsden Hartley, Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, Charles Demuth, Arshile Gorky, Charles Sheeler, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Maurice Prendergast, Morgan Russell, Max Weber, and many others. Cézanne’s far-reaching transformative impact on each artist’s aesthetic vision is explored, while extensive essays shed new light on a wide range of subjects from American collectors of his work and his shaping of modernism in the American West to the lasting resonance of his art on Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
By closely examining the paintings of American modernists such as Marsden Hartley, Charles Demuth, and John Marin in the reflected glow of Cézanne, Stavitsky (chief curator, Montclair Art Museum) and Rothkopf (senior curator, European painting & sculpture, Baltimore Museum of Art) plot and track the French artist's considerable influence in America from 1907 to 1930. This beautifully designed and illustrated exhibition catalog includes seven essays that illuminate not only how Cézanne influenced early 20th-century American artists but also the key roles those artists played in establishing and solidifying Cézanne's reputation in the United States. The catalog begins with 22 works by Cézanne that were likely seen by American artists and is followed by over 100 American works (paintings and photographs) that make up the bulk of the entries. Biographical essays for each artist track direct interactions (exhibitions, writings, and lectures) with Cézanne's work and a wonderful chronology helps to illuminate the ties that bound American artists to Cézanne. VERDICT This beautiful and insightful catalog is the first to delineate fully Cézanne's impact on early 20th-century American artists and represents important research in American art history that a broader public can appreciate.—Kraig Binkowski, Yale Ctr. for British Art, New Haven, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300147155
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/22/2009
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Gail Stavitsky is Chief Curator of the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, New Jersey. Katherine Rothkopf is Senior Curator of European Painting and Sculpture at The Baltimore Museum of Art.

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