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Cezanne's Composition

Analysis of His Form with Diagrams and Photographs of His Motifs

Erle Loran, Richard Shiff (Foreword by)


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This book had its provenance in the late 1920s, when Erle Loran, then a young artist who wanted to fathom the mysteries of Cezanne's structural form, took up residence in the master's studio in Aix-en-Provence. For several years he lived there and painted, and when he came across familiar motifs in the countryside, he took snapshots of the setting. These photographs assisted Loran in his analysis of Cezanne's composition and served as the basis for this book, which analyzes over 30 of Cezanne's paintings. This new edition brings Loran's milestone study up-to-date with a new foreword by art historian Richard Shiff, who places Loran's work into today's art historical context.

University of California Press, 9780520248458, 143pp.

Publication Date: April 25, 2006

About the Author

Besides being an artist of considerable reputation, Erle Loran was Professor of Art at the University of California, Berkeley. Richard Shiff holds the Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art and directs the Center for the Study of Modernism at the University of Texas, Austin. His books include Cezanne and the End of Impressionism (1984).