Cezanne, Paul Cezanne, Barnes Foundation discussed on Speaking of Art

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14 eighties all the way into the 20th century. So I urge you if you have an interest in that check out the Sotheby's auction at the end of the month or just a few days. From now of the travel maps, rare books and other in Prince Ah, and other works there. It's other bees coming up at that auction so again, and that's in London, by the way, but you can bid on the phone or Ah, Ah, life online through live auctioneers or other platforms. So you're right there, and I asked him actually, first time ever asked him this? I said, it's kind of like a trade secret. Maybe because these auction houses love to have people there. I mean, no auctioneer. And having started, you know, in the the Museum and then the art auction business in what, 1989 I know Auctioneers Love tto have a full house. They love to be able to look at people. I mean that whole banter and that relationship symbiotic relationship between auctioneer between the sales staff, the auction house staff and the people. Is very, very important. Now. I said, who usually gets these things now are the people on the floor or the people on the phones or the online bitters? And he said, it really is. He basically said it's tilting more toward the Thie phones and life on online So and I saw that myself taking place just a few years ago that transition happening So you are right there in the front row and have a very good chance of prevailing with someone bidding for you live. Maybe on the phones or just live using. I think it's called live auctioneers or some of the other platforms, and it's going to be a very exciting auction. So thanks again to Richard for that. And again, making the arts relevant forced today we never own anything really The as one auctioneer told me once. The only thing we own is debt, and that's absolutely true. We don't really own anything in terms of the arts or what's worth owning and in terms of You know, wonderful furniture or rare books, or, you know, even our house is somebody else is going to own it somewhere along the line. We hope it might be in the family. Many times. I talked to people all the time like this. My kids don't have any interest in all. It's going to go back is going to be the diaspora back out into the marketplace again. So the question is making the great decision about what's the best venue. Where's the best place to put your works where they will be cared for and loved not by the next owner, even though they call themselves that But the next custodian conservator of lovely things, of important historical things of life enhancing things, So that's what it is. We're all on this journey together, and we're all part of that provenance that the chain I would say the chain of stewardship that keeps these important works among us and now the baton has been passed to you and you run with it for a while. Enjoy it. That auction is going to be a good one. Well, let's get back to our artists. I wanted to start with Paul Cezanne Talk about the exuberant rites of spring and summer. Here's one Bay. There's at rest from 18 76 18 77. This is at the Barnes Foundation. We just talked about the barns. Just go to Baba, but I think it's just simply Barnes foundation dot org's Barnes for I B. A. R. N. E s. Barnes Foundation dot org's that wonderful museum now in the center of Philadelphia, right there with the other museums, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Historical Buildings. Downtown. Beautifully located. This is one of several great paintings by Cezanne that Dr Barnes collected back at the turn of the last century. And early in the last century invaders at rest. The sky in this catching hints of yellow blue. Even greens swiftly moving across in the background reveals below that. Unmistakeable in all of Cezanne's output, the slopes of most Victoria the dormant volcano in the south of France, where from his family's estate, his father was a wealthy banker. Ah, and they lived in excellent Provence there in southern Fan of France in Provence, and he had views of Mulsanne Victoria. He would go crawl around the country to get really good views to paint it and draw it. For many years now, this theme of bay there's of men and then also, men and women will see that also, But in this case, this sort of Arcadian going back to serve like classical themes. I've seen these men. At leisure out in the sunshine in the summer in the heat, cooling off swimming in a pond or in the river and just basically becomes an exercise imposes. This is sort of like where modern we're painting and sculpture meat because you actually think of sculptures that you've seen that look like the poses that Cezanne has plastic lei model these people in These young men just getting out of the water, The foreground greenery the trees around them. The open space the blue sky. As I said, And then that expansive landscape the dip down it was you say, level distance. We go down into a valley and then up the slopes of most Victoire. That doorman volcano that just dominates its like Mount Rainier. If you've lived out west around in the Seattle area pretty much anywhere you go on a stretch of road that gives you any of you. You're going to see Mount Rainier in the distance. This was this is the Mount Rainier of promotes anywhere. You look in an expansive landscape in this sort of big sky country. You're going to see that incredible mountain and it becomes a favorite theme of Cezanne's Now the bay. There's at rest. This one took about a year and he would work on it. He was famous like the golfer. You're putting a painting against the wall. Coming back to its six months or a year later, sometimes even longer and working on it. Ah, this theme of bay. There's in these sort of Il Easy ums. The beautiful environment free from all cares, thes timeless as I said Arcadian neo classical views. Looking like, you know, sort of like Greco Roman paradise. This will be a feature of his work to the end of the century, and it will culminate around the last years of the 19th century thing in 18 98. Lagrone venues, The Great Bay. There's where you see men and women together. Ahh nude in the foreground, A bower of trees and Cezanne, by the way, was a fabulous painter of trees. Usually we focus on is figural works. Through his career, the early ones and then later on his his, his landscapes are breathtaking. But when he specializes in giving you a really beautiful view of chestnut trees or a.

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