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Cezanne's watercolors exhibit not only kaleidoscopic arrays of translucent color but also very light graphite pencil lines that contrast strikingly with the soft watery touches of color. These drawn lines have been largely overlooked in previous studies of Cezanne's watercolors. In this ravishing book, Matthew Simms argues that it was the dialogue between drawing and painting--the movement between the pencil and the paintbrush--that attracted Cezanne to watercolor. Watercolor allowed Cezanne to express what he termed his "sensations" in two distinct modes that become a record of his shifting and spontaneous responses to his subject. Combining close visual analysis and examination of historical context, Simms focuses on the counterpoint of drawing and color in Cezanne's watercolors over the course of his career and as viewed in relation to his oil paintings. More than a tool for sketching or preparing for oil paintings, Simms contends, watercolor was a unique means of expression in its own right that allowed Cezanne to combine in one place the two otherwise opposed mediums of drawing and painting.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300140668
ISBN-10: 0300140665
Format: Hardback
(285mm x 245mm x 23mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 18-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Matthew Simms

Matthew Simms is associate professor of art history at California State University, Long Beach.

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