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Google doodle celebrates Paul Cezanne’s 172nd birthday


The search engine’s standard logo has been replaced with a still-life picture by the artist Paul Cezanne to commemorate his 172nd birthday.

The French Post Immpressionist artist, often credited with paving the way for the emergence of modern art, was born on 19 January 1908 in Aix-en-Provence in the South of France.

He departed radically from the Impressionists like Monet, Renoir and Degas and eventually evolved into early abstract painting. He rejected their philosophy of representation and created a new and subjective pictorial reality. His innovative style, use of perspective, composition and color came to have a profound influence on 20th century art. Speaking of the artist, Picasso once said: “My one and only master . . . Cezanne was like the father of us all”.

Although a prolific painter his work was only accepted once into the official Paris Salon whose jury rejected his submissions. In 1873 C├ęzanne exhibited in the famous show of the artists refused by the Salon, known as Salon des Refuses, which also included the works of Manet, Monet, and Pissarro. Critics, however, did not view the avante-garde works favorably.

Success eluded Cezanne for most of his life, but he has left a lasting legacy: the emergence of a unique artistic style.

In 1890 he developed diabetes and his life took a turn for the worse, marred by poor health and severe depression. On October 22, 1906 he died fro pneumonia at the age of 67.

Google recently celebrated Jane Austen’s 235th birthday with a doodle. Read more about it here.

Images: Wikimedia Commons

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