So profound was Paul Cézanne's influence upon 20th-century art that both Picasso and Matisse averred that he was "the father of us all." Believing that understanding the man is an essential part of understanding his work, the author of Georges Braque chronicles how this son of a Provençal banker persevered in his painting despite decades of rejection, hosting his first one-man show only at the age of 56. In this biography—which features 32 pages of color reproductions—Alex Danchev also discusses the seldom-acknowledged significance of Cézanne's mother and his wife, as well as his pivotal friendships with Émile Zola and Camille Pissarro.
"With great sensitivity and genuine brio, Danchev paints a compelling portrait of the artist, who managed to overcome the demons that haunted him to transform himself into what many consider the greatest painter of his age. This is the best account to date of Cézanne's astonishing career—a book that will survive the test of time."—John Golding