By Tom Rickert
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — 19th century French painter Paul Cézanne made his name in the art world by using humble forms like still lifes to turn the traditional methods of the time on their heads. He was part of the generation of impressionist painters, like Renoir, but he also went beyond impressionist painting in developing his own signature style.
The Barnes Foundation has gathered 21 of Cézanne’s still lifes, from its own collection and from museums all over the world, in an exhibit titled “The World Is an Apple.” Barnes Foundation Deputy Director of Art Judith Dolkart says the name of the exhibition comes from a quote attributed to the painter.
“He is said to have announced, ‘I want to astonish Paris with an apple,'” Dolkart explained. “That’s a pretty remarkable thing, because what he’s saying is that with the genre of still life, a painting that occupied the lowest position on the hierarchy of painting, he wanted to astonish the most sophisticated art capital of the period.