Musée d’Orsay | Portraits de Cézanne

Musée d’Orsay | Portraits de Cézanne

Location Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur 75007 Paris France

Opening hours 9:30 – 18:00 from Tuesday to Wednesday and from Friday to Sunday, 9:30 – 21:45 on Thursdays, closed on Mondays, from 13 June 2017 to 24 September 2017

General curator John Elderfield, independant curator and art historian

Curator Xavier Rey, Director of the museums of Marseille

Organisers the Musée d’Orsay, Paris; the National Portrait Gallery, London; the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Exhibition also presented in
London, National Portrait Gallery, from 26 October 2017 to 11 February 2018
Washington, National Gallery of Art, from 25 March to 1st July 2018

I hadn’t paid special attention to the portraits of Paul Cézanne until this exhibition. During his career, though, he has painted almost 200 portraits, among which we can see himself. his wife, his family, and his friends.

The first was a self-portrait based on a photo. Honestly, it scared me at first look. There is no doubt that with the strokes of bright red colour, the way the eyes stare, the greenish grey shade of the visage, and the dark background, the painting says much more than the photo.

Cézanne painted people with efficiency and simplicity, but always getting the spirit of them, giving his portraits an interesting comical touch. The wide strokes and thick paints, the mixture and contrast of colours, the relations between the figure and its environment, the dark and clear contours, these are the characteristics that appear in most of his oil portraits.

My personal favourites also include a sketch of a bust of a man. It’s a very quick sketch, not so detailed, nevertheless precise and clean. It’s the same with his paintings, be it portraits, still lives, or landscapes. They are not as detailed as classical works; only the most vivid were kept.

The exhibition is not a very large one, but is indeed a great collection of carefully selected portraits by Cézanne. A chronology of  events throughout his lifetime is also presented, like at the exhibition of Frédéric Bazille, but in the middle instead of the end. With this chronology, and as you think about all his paintings, it can be seen how his artworks changed through time, while some things still stayed the same.

Read more "Musée d’Orsay | Portraits de Cézanne"

PROGRESS ON UNTITLED PORTRAIT

DREW CLEAR OUTLINES WITH PENCIL + CREATED THIS HAIRSTYLE! I BET NO STYLIST WOULD LIKE TO DO THIS BUT OKAY…IT LOOKS NICE ON PAPER LOL. + I’M PROBABLY SUBMITTING THIS ON DEVIANT ART FOR PRIDE MONTH!

BTW…AT FIRST I TAGGED THAT IT’S FEMALE BUT NOT NECESSARILY MAYBE? I DON’T KNOW I JUST DRAW LIKE I USED TO. WHO CARES WHAT SEX THE PERSONAGE IS.

Read more "PROGRESS ON UNTITLED PORTRAIT"

31 MAY 2017 ILLUSTRATIONS


YES I’M PICKING UP FASHION DESIGN AGAIN. THE PORTRAIT IS JUST SOMETHING I SUDDENLY FEEL LIKE DRAWING THIS MORNING. I’M STARTING A NEW THEME THAT’S INSPIRED BY FLOWERS. THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF ROSES AND OTHER LOVELY FLOWERS IN THE GARDEN ALONG THE ROOFTOP ACROSS FROM MY HOME + IT’S AMAZING. THIS IS A SERIOUS RECOMMENDATION THAT IF YOU EVER GO TO GARE DE LYON IN PARIS, GO TO BOULEVARD DIDEROT, TAKE A TURN AT PASSAGE HENNEL, + TAKE THE STAIRS TO THE GARDEN. IT LEADS ALL THE WAY TO BASTILLE + IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING I’VE EVER SEEN.

Read more "31 MAY 2017 ILLUSTRATIONS"

27 MAY 2017 ILLUSTRATIONS

BEEN A LONG LONG TIME SINCE I LAST POSTED ANYTHING. ILLUSTRATION, VISUAL IDENTITY AND ANALYTICAL DRAWING COURSES HAVE JUST ENDED, SO I FINALLY HAVE SOME TIME FOR THESE.

Read more "27 MAY 2017 ILLUSTRATIONS"

[WIP] REPAINT: LE RADEAU DE LA MÉDUSE

IT’S NOT ALL THAT I DID TODAY BUT THE OTHER ONES ARE WAY TOO CRAPPY SO I’M ONLY PUTTING THIS HERE. TOO MUCH ILLUSTRATION HOMEWORK, SERIOUSLY. LIKE, THIS IS JUST 1/20 OF THE FIRST PROJECT. I HAD PLANNED TO HAND IN THE PROJECT TOMORROW BUT I’VE GIVEN UP. IT’S IMPOSSIBLE, APART FROM THAT I NEED ONE MORE PHOTOCOPY OF LE BÉNÉDICITÉ TO REPAINT IT. ANYWAYS I’VE ALREADY FINISHED THE LATEST PROJECT SO NO WORRIES, I GUESS.

THIS IS THE SECOND STEP [THE FIRST STEP IS TO DRAW THE OUTLINES, OBVIOUSLY]. IT’S PAINTED WITH WATERCOLOUR ON A PHOTOCOPY OF THE ORIGINAL SKETCH SO THAT I WON’T DAMAGE THE OUTLINES. TOMORROW MORING IF I CAN FINISH THE BLACK + WHITE REPAINTING [WHICH IS ANOTHER 1/20 OF THE SAME PROJECT], I’LL BE WORKING ON THIS WITH COLOURED PENCILS.

IF I HADN’T GO TO TENUE CORRECTE EXIGÉE AT MUSÉE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS I COULD HAVE PROBABLY FINISHED THE BLACK + WHITE THING, BUT THAT EXHIBITION IS AF I DON’T REGRET IT AT ALL. I’VE ACTUALLY VISITED IT BEFORE SPRING BREAK, BUT I DIDN’T HAVE THE TIME TO FINISH IT. IT’S FREE FOR PEOPLE UNDER 26 SO TECHNICALLY I COULD HAVE BEEN THERE AS MANY TIMES AS I WANT TO IF I HADN’T GOT ALL THOSE HOMEWORK.

+ IT SEEMS LIKE TOMORROW WILL BE THE LAST ILLUSTRATION CLASS + I DON’T KNOW IF I SHOULD BE HAPPY.

Read more "[WIP] REPAINT: LE RADEAU DE LA MÉDUSE"

15 APR 2017 PAINTINGS

WORKING ON THE ANALYSIS FOR ILLUSTRATION CLASS BECAUSE THE FINAL ENTRETIEN [WHICH IS GONNA DECIDE WHETHER I CAN CONTINUE IN THIS SCHOOL] IS SCHEDULED ON 21 APR AND SADLY I’M THE FIRST TO PASS IT…SO BASICALLY I HAVE LESS THAN ONE WEEK TO FINISH ALL ANALYSIS FOR 4 PAINTINGS PLUS THE FASHION ILLUSTRATIONS. + I HAVEN’T YET GOT THE TIME TO ORGANISE THE PHOTOS FROM BORDEAUX SINCE I’VE JUST FINISHED THE CHECKOUT PROCESS OF MY OLD APARTMENT YESTERDAY. ANYWAYS…INK OF CHINA IS A VERY USEFUL THING.

Read more "15 APR 2017 PAINTINGS"

16 MAR 2017 ILLUSTRATION CLASS PROJECT UPDATE

THERE YOU GO…THIS IS THE THING I’M CURRENTLY WORKING ON + THE DEADLINE IS NEXT MONDAY MORNING. BASICALLY IT’S JUST CHOOSE A PAINTING FROM THE ONES WE’VE ANALYSED IN THE PREVIOUS PROJECT + CHANGE IT A BIT. THIS ONE IS LOLA DE VALENCE BUT WHERE MS LOLA IS IN THE TRAINING HALL RATHER THAN ON STAGE. I FEEL THAT IN THE ORIGINAL PAINTING SHE’S NOT TOTALLY RELAXED…I DON’T KNOW HOW IT WAS LIKE WHEN MANET PAINTED HER, BUT THAT’S WHAT I THINK WHEN I LOOK AT IT. SO I’M JUST PUTTING HER IN A MORE RELAXING OCCASION.

Read more "16 MAR 2017 ILLUSTRATION CLASS PROJECT UPDATE"