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Sunday, May 15, 2022 to Monday, September 5, 2022

This groundbreaking retrospective sheds new light not only on how this pivotal artist created his works, but also why his art remains so vital today.

Paul Cezanne (French, 1839–1906) pursued a pair of questions throughout most of his life: Could a painter create artworks one sensation at a time? And, if so, would pictures made this way somehow be truer to life than those made by other means?

This approach to art making was complex and set Cezanne apart within the Impressionist circle and modern art as a whole. Perhaps not surprisingly, fellow artists were among the first to recognize the value of his singular and, at the time, seemingly unsophisticated approaches to color, technique, and materiality. As such, he came to be regarded as an “artist’s artist,” and indeed several of his supporters and admirers, including Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro in the 19th century and Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso in the 20th century, referred to Cezanne as “the greatest of us all.” Today, over a hundred years after Cezanne’s last works were made, artists still revere his commitment to upholding personal truth in the act of art making.

This exhibition is the first major retrospective of the artist’s work in the United States in more than 25 years and the first exhibition on Cezanne organized by the Art Institute of Chicago in more than 70 years. Planned in coordination with Tate Modern, the ambitious project explores Cezanne’s work across media and genres with 80 oil paintings, 40 watercolors and drawings, and two complete sketchbooks. This outstanding array encompasses the range of Cezanne’s signature subjects and series—little-known early allegorical paintings, Impressionist landscapes, paintings of Montagne Sainte Victoire, portraits, and bather scenes—and includes both well-known works and rarely seen compositions from public and private collections in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

  • Cézanne, Mont Sainte-Victoire
    By Paul Cézanne

  • Cistern in the Park of Château Noir
    By Paul Cézanne