I’m not going to write about what Paul Cezanne did with paint or his enormous influence on art because I know a lot of people reading this will have much greater appreciation of the contribution he made than I have, but I thought I’d share a few of his ideas.
A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.
This is pretty similar to how the American poet Robert Frost saw a writer’s relationship to his or her work
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.
I’m indebted to Wikipedia (I admit it!!) for the following:
…(Cezanne) wanted to get to the point where “sight” was also “touch”. He would take hours sometimes to put down a single stroke because each stroke needed to contain “the air, the light, the object, the composition, the character, the outline, and the style”.
And this reminded me of my all-time favourite quote about wrtiting from E.L. Doctorow, author of many fine novesl including Ragtime.
Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.
I’m going off on a tangent now, but when writing this post I discoverd that Cezanne and Emile Zola were childhood friends (and a film was made about their friendship last year). Isn’t that mind-boggling? What did they talk about? What trouble did they get into? What mental world incubated such extraordinary talent?
It’s as if Turner and Charles Dickens sat next to each other in school. Or Michelangelo and Shakespeare were penpals.