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The EY Exhibition Cezanne

A painting of a basket of apples tipped up on ones side with a white napkin and a glass of bottle

Paul Cezanne. The Basket of Apples, c. 1893. The Art Institute of Chicago, Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection. 

A career-spanning survey of a pivotal figure in modern art

‘With an apple, I will astonish Paris’, Cezanne once claimed. Leaving his native Aix-en-Provence for the French capital in his 20s, this is precisely what he did. Cezanne’s still lifes, landscapes and paintings of bathers were to give licence to generations of artists to break the rule book. The history of painting was never to be the same again.

Focusing on the many tensions and contradictions in Cezanne’s work, this exhibition seeks to understand the artist in his own context, as an ambitious young painter proudly from the Mediterranean South, yet eager to make it in metropolitan Paris. Featuring many works shown for the first time in the UK, the show will follow his struggle between seeking official recognition and joining the emerging impressionists before relentlessly pursuing his own unique language. We will witness an artist wrestling with what it means to be a modern painter while remaining deeply sceptical about the world he lived in, from political unrest to a continually accelerating way of life.

The EY Exhibition: Cezanne is presented in the Eyal Ofer Galleries. The exhibition is part of The EY Tate Arts Partnership. Supported by the Huo Family Foundation (UK) Limited, with additional support from Tate International Council, Tate Patrons and Tate Members. Exhibition organised by Tate Modern and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Tate Modern

The Eyal Ofer Galleries

London SE1 9TG
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5 October 2022 – 12 March 2023

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