Today in History... Paul Cézanne is born
Today in History... Paul Czanne is born
January 19 1839: Post-Impressionist Paul Czanne starts his life in Cesana, France
Paul Czanne was born in Cesana, in what is now West Piedmont, France, in 1839 to prosperous parents, and first learned to draw at age 10, around the time he formed a close friendship with novelist Emile Zola.
Czanne's works are regarded as spanning the period from Impressionism to Cubism, and are regarded as being some of the most influential of the late 19th century.
Czanne's most famous works are landscapes and especially still lifes. A notable example is soon to be presented at Sotheby's auction of Impressionist and Modern Art on February 3. Czanne's Pichet et Fruits sur une Table is expected to sell for up to 15m.
Czanne's works didn't disappoint auctioneers in 2009. A page of Czanne studies doubled its 60,000 top estimate in London in February, swiftly followed by a 2,081,000 sale of La montagne Sainte-Victoire vue des Lauves - one of his last works.
Likewise, one of his early, less accomplished, works Moulin l'Huile surpassed its $400,000-600,000 range to be taken home from Christie's at $698,500. But the 15m still life is a much more interesting test. It might even be added to Paul Allen's vast but secret art collection, as the billionaire is thought to have a taste for Czanne's work.
Regardless, the longevity of Czanne's works is assured. Few artists have a quote attached to their name as impressive as Czanne, as he was described by Picasso and Matisse as being 'the father of us all'.