Paul Cézanne


Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) was a French post-impressionist artist. Although he struggled for recognition in his own lifetime and often lacked confidence in his work, the artist's unique style, use of light and colour, and his interest in geometric forms above realism proved hugely influential on later artists, notably Henri Matisse (1869-1954) and Pablo Picasso (1881-1973).

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  • 1839 - c. 1906
    Life of French post-impressionist artist Paul Cézanne.
  • 19 Jan 1839
    Paul Cézanne is born in Aix-en-Provence, France.
  • Apr 1861
    Paul Cézanne moves to Paris to become an artist.
  • Nov 1862
    Paul Cézanne returns to Paris to pursue a career as an artist.
  • 1863
    Paul Cézanne has a single painting exhibited at the Salon des Refusés organised by the Paris Salon.
  • 1870
    Paul Cézanne retreats to the solitude of his family estate in southern France.
  • 1872
    Paul Cézanne begins to work alongside Pisarro at Pontoise and Auvers-sur-Oise.
  • 4 Jan 1872
    Paul Cézanne's son Paul is born.
  • Apr 1874
    Paul Cézanne has a painting in the first exhibition of independent artists in Paris, his 'House of the Hanged Man'.
  • 1877
    Paul Cézanne has 16 paintings shown in the Third Impressionist Exhibition in Paris.
  • 1882
    Paul Cézanne finally has one of his paintings accepted by the Paris Salon, the only time this happens in his career.
  • 1886
    Paul Cézanne's father dies and he inherits the family estate in Aix-en-Provence.
  • Apr 1886
    Paul Cézanne marries his long-time mistress Marie-Hortense Fiquet.
  • 1889
    Paul Cézanne has a painting on show at the Universal Exhibition, his 'House of the Hanged Man'.
  • Nov 1895
    Paul Cézanne has his first solo exhibition of 150 works in Paris.
  • 1897
    Paul Cézanne has two works displayed in the Berlin National Gallery.
  • 1900
    Paul Cézanne's work is displayed at the Universal Exhibition.
  • 1904
    Paul Cézanne has an entire room dedicated to his work at the Salon d’Automne.
  • 23 Oct 1906
    Death of Paul Cézanne from a fever caught while painting in the rain.