Cezanne is considered by many, the father of modern painting. His paintings and
ideas during his life influenced many artists and art movements of that time.
Cezanne's innovative paintings challenged the convention style of painting in
color, brush strokes and composition. He was also considered a visionary in his
art, using the brush, the oils and the canvas to master his own personal expression
of life. Yet with his brilliance and his artistic talent, Paul
Cezanne is considered on of the most misunderstood painters of his time. His
success as an artist and famous painter came late in his life.
Cezanne was born into a on January 19, 1839 in southern
part of France in the Aix-en-Provence. His father,
Louis-Auguste Cézanne was a hat-maker in the
early years of his life and later became a hat merchant.
His mother, Anne-Elisabeth Honorine Aubert
bore one son, Paul and two daughters, Marie
and Rose. The family grew-up middle class until Cezanne's father Louis became
involved into banking and cofounded a banking firm. Soon afterwards, with the
father's banking firm the Cezanne family started to prosper. This situation gave
Paul Cezanne the financial opportunities to study and attend the many schools
during his youth. The money also gave him the financial freedom to do what he
really wanted to do, create art.
Cezanne studied art at an early age and was enrolled
at a boarding school. There he was mentored by a monk
named Joseph Gibert. At the age of thirteen furthered
his studies at the College Bourbon. During his studies
he became good friends with Emile Zola, a student
also studying at College Bourbon. At the age of twenty,
Paul entered law school and left after two years to
live and study art in Paris with his friend Emile.