Tuesday, March 13, 2007

like an apple

like an apple
Originally uploaded by suttonhoo.

a found poem

Cézanne is and remains
a painter of apples

apples that are smooth
round, fresh, ponderous, dazzling
of shifting color

not the ones you'd like to eat
but rather forms that ravish

he made apples his own

Art critic Thadée Natanson reviewing Ambroise Vollard's Cézanne show in 1895. Found at a reception for the Art Institute of Chicago's show Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde

Also spotted:

I paint still lives because women models frighten me.

— Cézanne to Renoir

You are to remain quiet and complete still -- like an apple.

— Cézanne to his dealer Vollard, prepping him for a sitting

And yeah: These oranges are by Renoir, who was also featured in the show, which spans many artists -- including Picasso, Martisse, Gauguin, Bonnard, Derain -- whom Vollard represented through his gallery in Paris. This shot was taken many months ago, in the permanent AIC collection, because I got busted with my cameraphone tonight and wasn't able to snag any apples by Cezanne.

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