“Compared to Me, All My Compatriots Were Idiots” – Cezanne Art Appreciation with the COA

Paul Cézanne, Mont Sainte-Victoire, circa 1887 | © Courtauld Institute of Art/WikiCommons

Of all the famous artists whose canvases I contemplated during many a childhood afternoon at a New York or Chicago museum, Monsieur Cézanne is an Owl family favorite. The man could paint himself around a lovely afternoon landscape or a bowl of fruit. And he clearly had zero ego problems unlike many other artists. That “Compared to me, all my compatriots are idiots” quote is for real, and it is from Cézanne. I plan to use it at next Town Meeting. No, not really. As we all know, the Owl has retired from Town Meeting.

Join the Weston Council on Aging for Art Appreciation: Cézanne on Tuesday, May 31, 10:00-11:00 am on Zoom. The museum comes to you in this engaging presentation by Jane Blair, founder of ArtMatters, an art awareness and education organization. It will be presented entirely en français. Non. Just kidding.

Matisse said about Cezanne “In modern art, it is undoubtedly to Cézanne that I owe the most. Instinct must be thwarted just as one prunes the branches of a tree so that it will grow better.” Picasso called Cezanne “The Father of us all.” I call all three of them “formidable Frenchy arty guys.” Oh, fine, Picasso was Spanish. Whatever.

Learn what all the fuss was about on Tuesday May 31. Call the COA at 781-786-6280 to register. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Weston Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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