Paul Cézanne (1839-01-19 – 1906-10-22) was a French Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th century conception of artistic endeavour to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. Cézanne can be said to form the bridge between late 19th century Impressionism and the early 20th century's new line of artistic enquiry, Cubism.
- All tones inter-penetrate, all forms revolvingly interlock. This is coherence.
- Art must make nature eternal in our imagination.
- I try to render perspective through colour alone.
- I want to make Impressionism something solid and durable.
- Impressionism, what does it mean? It is the optical mixing of colours... which are broken down on the canvas and reassembled by the eye.
- Light is not a thing that can be reproduced, but something that must be depicted using something else... colours.
- My canvas "joins hands," it holds firm.
- Nature is not on the surface, it is in the depths. Colours are an expression of these depths on the surface. They rise from the roots of the world.
- Perhaps I came too early. I am the primitive of a new art.
- The means of expressing emotion is only to be acquired through very long experience.
- Treat nature by means of the cylinder, the sphere, the cone everything brought into proper perspective... directed to a central point.
- We must not paint what we think we see, but what we see.
- When colour has its greatest richness, then form has its plenitude.
- The eye absorbs...the brain produces form.