Cézanne and American Modernism at the Phoenix Art Musuem
On Saturday, we went to visit a new exhibit that has just opened at the Phoenix Art Museum entitled Cézanne and American Modernism.
Whenever we travel to a major city, you are certain to find The Roaming Boomers in its art museum. Now that we live in Scottsdale, Arizona, we feel most fortunate to have the Phoenix Art Museum just down the road from our home.
This particular special exhibit consists of 100 works of art. There are 16 of Cézanne’s pieces, and 84 others by American artists who were greatly influenced by Paul Cézanne.
As we approached the Phoenix Art Musuem’s Steele Hall, we were greeted by cheerful representatives of the museum who gave us what appeared to be an old style Motorola Flip Phone. I was greatly pleased to learn that these were digital devices that would give us an audio tour of the collection. Cool! There’s nothing worse than going to an art museum and not having any understanding of what you are looking at.
The audio tour was very well done, and kept us in rapt attention as we made our way through the exhibit.
“Paul Ce?zanne (1839–1906) is universally acclaimed as the father of modern art for his revolutionary use of flattened perspective, carefully structured compositions, and his signature technique of painting with patches of color. This exhibition is the first to reveal how a small group of pioneering American artists championed the reclusive French artist before he gained international prominence. Although these painters and photographers never met Ce?zanne in person, his long and prolific career provided many avenues of influence for them to explore.”
There seemed to be well over 100 people visiting this exhibit with us. All had their little “flip phone” glued to their ears listening to the various curators explaining not only Cézanne’s life, but why his particular style of painting earned him the title of modern art’s father, as well as his influence on the great many works of art that we were strolling by.
I was also captivated by the wide variety of people present. There were young girls dressed up in stylish dresses and heels. While at the other end of the spectrum, several older folks confined to wheel chairs were also enjoying the exhibit. And, there was seemingly present, folks from every corner of the globe all gathered here in a common bond: the enjoyment of Cézanne, his art, and his influence.
The Phoenix Art Museum has brought us an exhibit that is informative, and very pleasing to the eyes. It will broaden your perspective of the world, and leave you a more enlightened person than when you first entered the beautiful lobby.
As I have mentioned before, the Phoenix Art Museum is a must for your top 10 list when visiting the Greater Phoenix Area. If you happen to live in the Valley then you simply must go see these works of art. I promise you will have a most enjoyable visit.
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