Cézanne Seeing

As I’m painting away, I often reflect on youthful influences. Paul Cézanne popped up last week when I was looking at Godfrey Miller’s work. And then along came Ellsworth Kelly.

Coincidentally, I came across a beautiful catalogue for a 2009 exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, ‘Cezanne and Beyond,’ linking contemporary paintings with Cézanne’s works.

One chapter written by Katherine Sachs links Cézanne with Ellsworth Kelly.

Heaven.

Both artist who see and then translate.

When Ellsworth Kelly was a boy, he put a print of this chestnut tree painting of Cezanne’s on his wall.

| Paul Cézanne, Chestnut Trees at the Jas de Bouffan, c 1885-86 |

And in the 1950s drew this.

| Ellsworth Kelly, Three Trees (3), 1950 |

Two ways of seeing trees.

Julia Ritson

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