Post-Impressionist French painter Paul Cezanne became the bridge between impressionism and cubism. His light, airy painting style and mastery of design, tone, composition, and color highly influenced other masters, like Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. They each have stated that Cezanne is “the father of us all.” Cezanne, a devout catholic, was raised in wealth by a co-founder of a banking firm. He attended design school at 10, but his father’s wishes had him transfer to law school (although he did take drawing lessons on the side). Eventually he rebelled and chose to commit to art full-time, moving to Paris to pursue his dreams. His father did not approve, but it was not a dire enough impact to deny Cezanne his large inheritance. Cezanne’s most prominent art works came from the Dark and Impressionist periods.
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