Cézanne and American Modernism

February 14–May 23, 2010

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Paul Cézanne. Fruit and Jug on a Table

“TO PAINT FROM NATURE IS NOT TO COPY WHAT IS OBJECTIVE; IT IS TO REALIZE ONE’S SENSATIONS.” – Paul Cézanne

Man Ray. Departure of Summer. 1914. The Art Institute of Chicago, Through prior gift of the Mary and Leigh Block Collection, 1992.654. ©Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY/ADAGP, Paris. Photography ©The Art Institute of Chicago

From 1913 to 1915, Man Ray created a lesser-known body of modernist paintings, which reveal the influence of Cézanne. In this large-scale composition, the sharp, angular figures suggest the impact of Picasso and Cubism, but their monumentality and flat compressed space are hallmarks of Cézanne’s work.

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The gorgeous Cézanne and American Modernism catalogue is the first book devoted specifically to Cézanne’s impact on American Art. Co-published by the BMA and Yale University Press, the 376‒page catalogue authored by Gail Stavitsky and BMA Senior Curator Katherine Rothkopf reveals how American painters and photographers cemented Cézanne’s legacy with their art, writings, and exhibitions. It includes 190 spellbinding images by Paul Strand, Marsden Hartley, Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, Charles Demuth, Arshile Gorky, Charles Sheeler, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Maurice Prendergast, Morgan Russell, Max Weber, and many others.

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