The variety of themes Cézanne was to deal with and to which he was to remain faithful throughout his life are already present in the early years : still lifes, portraits, landscapes and compositions with characters. The exhibition also made it possible to highlight Cézanne's deep knowledge of the ancient masters and the inspiration he found in the work of painters of his century (Delacroix, Daumier, Millet, Courbet, Couture and Manet). The first pieces by the artist, in which he expressed a powerful strength of character, not to say an attraction for scenes of violence and for a bold composition, announced expressionism and lead us to consider Cézanne in the 1860's as a great precursor of modern art.
Scientific committee: Professor Sir Lawrence Gowing, Distinguished Professor Emeritus John Rewald, Françoise Cachin, director, Musée d'Orsay, Charles Moffett, curator, National Gallery of Arts, Washington, Sylvie Patin, curator, Musée d'Orsay, Norman Rosenthal, Royal Academy of Arts, London, Mary Anne Stevens, Royal Academy of Arts, London, Charles Stuckey, curator, Art Institude, Chicago
Exhibition catalogueCezanne: The Early Years 1859-1872
Royal Academy of Arts / Harry N. Abrams, Inc.