Why so ﬂat
Gauguin: Spirit of the Dead Watching
The “Noble Savage”.
Portrayal of the signiﬁcance of reality.
“…if you see a blue tree in the forest
and you like the color, paint it all blue!”
Paying homage to color for its own sake.
Gauguin The White Horse
Photograph of Gauguin
The Great Escape
Controlled arrangements of form and color.
Seurat: Sunday Afternoon
Art Takes From Science
Chevreul was a French chemist who
restored old tapestries. During his
restorations of tapestries he noticed that
the only way to restore a section properly
was to take into account the inﬂuence of
the colors around the missing wool; he
could not produce the right hue unless he
recognized the surrounding dyes.
Chevreul discovered that two colors
juxtaposed, slightly overlapping or very
close together, would have the effect of
another color when seen from a distance.
The discovery of this phenomenon
became the basis for the Pointillist
technique of the Neoimpressionist
Paul Cezanne: The Father Of Modern Art
Cezanne: Still-life With Apples
Particulars surrender to the Universal
More than one side to every story…
Cezanne The Card Players
Paying homage to the canvas; not the subjects.
Cezanne: Mt. St. Victoire
Spatial illusion in mutation.
Perceptual rules of nature no
longer serve as the guide.
“We have to reconnect to that wild stream of creativity; and
again I think that education has practically banished
creativity because we've so siphoned it through a tunnel of
the rational that you're fortunate if you can come out at the
other end with any imagination still intact; and I even speak
to graduates of our art institutions and our music
conservatories, that very often they succumb to technique
and they kill the wild spirit of the soul that has entered that
learning place in order to discipline the wildness, to find
language for it, but not to domesticate it.”