Perhaps no other artist has cast such a long shadow across this last century than Paul Cezanne. His far-reaching influence can be traced across five successive generations to artists as diverse and prominent as Jasper Johns, Charles Demuth, Max Beckman and Ellsworth Kelly. Cezanne was for Henri Matisse a benevolent god of painting and for Pablo Picasso, my one and only master.
Appearing exclusively at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, "Cezanne and Beyond" explores the artists extraordinary legacy, bringing together more than 150 works by Cezanne and 18 other master artists whose work he profoundly inspired. On view through May 17, the exhibition draws important connections between the iconic artists achievements and those of other celebrated artists right up through the present day.
As the show suggests, the artists influence transcends even the medium of painting. Presenting Cezanne-inspired lightbox photographs by the photographer Jeff Wall, it reveals how Walls photographs are in fact a kind of 20th century painting. Like Cezannes masterwork The Card Players both painting and photograph appear artfully staged.
If you get a chance to go, Id recommend grabbing the wonderful (and free) audio tour that accompanies the exhibition. Tickets cost $24 for adults, with special discounted entry available for $17 on weekday afternoons. Or, enjoy the show on a Friday, during the museums unique Art After Five event for an evening of hors d'uvres, cocktails, and performances by world-class jazz ensembles in the museums stunning Great Stair Hall.