Grand Bouquet of FlowersCÉZANNE, Paul
- Grand Bouquet of Flowers
- CÉZANNE, Paul View artist Information
- oil on canvas
Cézanne has continued to exert a wide-ranging influence not only on modern and contemporary Western art, but also on Japanese painters, regardless of whether they work in a European or Japanese style. This painting is one of Cézanne’s epic still lifes, featuring a flower motif. A large bouquet fills a vase in the center of the picture, creating a gorgeous image. At the same time, the artist intentionally structures the space, made up of the radiating expanse of the bouquet, table and rear wall, as a thoroughly two-dimensional picture. He accomplishes this with elements such as the gradually rising, distorted surface of the table, the folds in the tablecloth that counteract this shape, and the leaves and flowers separated from the stalks and branches. By intentionally manipulating and distorting various aspects in this work, Cézanne devised a variety of pictorial spaces.