Apples

by Joshua
(Houston, Texas, US)

Original Text: Apples


Paul Cezanne's apple paintings were completed during the end of the 19th century. In my opinion these paintings was badly drawn. In one of his paintings, “Still Life with Apples”, the lips that forms the edge of the bowl is completely deformed. The fruit on the table looks like it should be falling off, but rather it seems like it actually lacks a sense of gravity. It seems that I am looking down in the glass, rather than seeing the cup at a perspective of looking straight across. This is quite awkward to me, because looking at Cezanne art; he can paint beautifully. Maybe it's a deliberate breaking open of the possibilities of what painting could be. Instead of the traditional realistic painting, this could possibly be the start of abstract painting! Cezanne is playing fast and loose with his painting, and is creating a more mind-perplexing environment than realistic art. He is probably trying to find another way to paint, see, and experience. Maybe he is inviting viewers to move into his canvas visually in a way that he experiences these forms. He is allowing us to move through the canvas, and experience this painting differently at each view as we look around the painting-giving viewers a series of alternatives to more complex set of views. With the 19th century ending, many visual realities are now entering the modern world with more complex visions, so that could have sparked Cezanne's ingenuity. I call this the foundation of abstract art.

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Revised Text:

Paul Cezanne's apple paintings were completed around the end of the 19th century. In my opinion these paintings were badly drawn. In one of his paintings, “Still Life with Apples”, the lips forming the edge of the bowl are completely deformed. The fruit on the table looks like it should be falling off, but rather it seems like it actually lacks a sense of gravity. It seems that I am looking down into the glass, rather than seeing the cup at a straight across perspective.

This is quite awkward to me because, looking at Cezanne's art, he can paint beautifully. Maybe it's a deliberate breaking open of the possibilities of what painting could be. Instead of the traditional realistic painting, this could possibly be the start of abstract painting!

Cezanne played fast and loose with his painting, and was creating a more mind-perplexing environment than realistic art. He was probably trying to find another way to paint, see, and experience. Maybe he is inviting viewers to move into his canvas visually in the way that he experienced these forms. He is allowing us to move through the canvas, and experience this painting differently at each view as we look around the painting, giving viewers a series of alternatives to a more complex set of views.

With the 19th century ending, many visual realities were entering the modern world with more complex visions. that could have sparked Cezanne's ingenuity. I call this the foundation of abstract art.

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