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Blackpaint 708 – Cezanne at Tate Modern

November 28, 2022

Tate Modern until 12th March 2023

Briefly – loved the apples and all the other fruit; the rock formations; some of the Mont St.Victoires and the people with clothes on. However, I don’t think he’s all that good at renditions of the human body. A selection follows:

Great stuff – sketch I’m guessing (didn’t do proper research of course) but it’s all there, if a little pallid…

Really? Arm too long, legs too short, very dodgy right shoulder – but whose idea was it to put it in that frame?

That’s more like it! Rich colour – love that grey – great brooding feel; it’s strong enough to withstand the grip of that huge,suffocating frame.

You can see what I mean about the clothes; they hide the strangenesses of Cezanne’s bodies. I like the picket fence skirt. Others have pointed out the mask-like face..

I find this the picture that is least like Cezanne in the exhibition; the paint is thicker, glossier – the surface more varnished than normal. I imagine it’s early – none the worse for all that, however.

My pictures to finish as always:

Night Comer 1

Night Comer 2