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The Letters of Paul Cezanne
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Alex Danchev
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The Letters of Paul Cezanne

Alex Danchev


Thames & Hudson

Art & Architecture;
Art & design styles: Impressionism & Post-Impressionism;
Individual artists, art monographs;
Diaries, letters & journals


392 pages

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A singular thinker and an uncompromising seeker after artistic truth, Cezanne channelled a large part of his wide-ranging intellect and ferocious wit into his letters. This translation by Alex Danchev is based on a thorough re-examination of Cezanne's correspondence with family, friends and major figures from the literary and art worlds. Danchev's great achievement is to allow readers in English to hear Cezanne's voice for the first time in his own idiomatic, idiosyncratic style. And he sounds rather different from the Cezanne we thought we knew - richer, wittier, wiser, more philosophical, more irascible, above all more fully human. The letters offer fresh perspectives on his artistic vision, politics, friendships, psychology, philosophy, literary tastes and classical frame of reference. They provide an intimate insight into the preoccupations and personality of a legend.

Edited by:   Alex Danchev
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 165mm, 
Weight:   780g
ISBN:   9780500295175
ISBN 10:   0500295174
Pages:   392
Publication Date:   July 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

'An outstanding - and gloriously readable - feat of scholarship' - Apollo 'The most riveting portrait of the artist yet' - Guardian 'Poignant and powerful . . . for all his travails, Cezanne could use words with the same powerful effect with which he laid on patches of colour' - Sunday Times

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