Cezanne: Apples, 1878

Cezanne: Apples, 1878
Learn to use Cezanne's constructivist brushtrokes and his treatment of edges in this stylised still life.

About this session

What will we learn in this painting?

  • Chroma
  • Composition
  • Constructivist Brush Strokes
  • Counterpoint
  • Ionian Mode
  • Major Scale
  • Planes
  • Receding Planes

Cezanne: Apples, 1878
As well as digital teaching materials, we use one of my interpretations to more clearly see the brushtrokes and texture.

Cezanne: Apples, 1878
A thumbnail sketch helps us see the strong tonal design by removing detail.

Cezanne: Apples, 1878
Cezanne places seven almost identical objects into a composition which may be thought to represent the fundamental scale of Western Music.

Doh re mi fah soh la ti
C D E F G A B
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Cezanne: Apples, 1878
Cezanne's "constructivist" brushstrokes define planes on an object.

Cezanne: Apples, 1878
... they also show the variations in light falling on a surface.

Cezanne: Apples, 1878
Dark outlines draw our attention to edges and also to receding planes.

Resources

My curated list of videos introducing and explaining the work of artist Paul Cezanne.

Student Paintings

The variety of results shown in this one session demonstrates that I am teaching a painting process which:

  1. Produces excellent results
  2. Creates a finished masterwork in one session
  3. Allows for a range of personal approaches to the subject.

Cezanne: Apples, 1878 | Student painting completed in one session at Inglis Academy: www.inglisacademy.com
Having found the lines of counterpoint, the student is defining the darkest tones first.

Cezanne: Apples, 1878 | Student painting completed in one session at Inglis Academy: www.inglisacademy.com
Laying down a base coat of red on that apple gives the canvas a huge lift!

Cezanne: Apples, 1878 | Student painting completed in one session at Inglis Academy: www.inglisacademy.com
This student has worked on all the "positive space" first.

Cezanne: Apples, 1878 | Student painting completed in one session at Inglis Academy: www.inglisacademy.com
By way of contrast, this student has mapped all the negative space first!

Cezanne: Apples, 1878 | Student painting completed in one session at Inglis Academy: www.inglisacademy.com
Drawing the positive and negative spaces together.

Cezanne: Apples, 1878 | Student painting completed in one session at Inglis Academy: www.inglisacademy.com
Naomi's Cezanne incorporated a pop culture reference, with a couple of "smiley face" or you might call them "emoticon apples"!

Cezanne: Apples, 1878 | Student painting completed in one session at Inglis Academy: www.inglisacademy.com
Gorgeous backgound textures on Naomi's Cezanne, which are difficult to capture with a camera.

Cezanne: Apples, 1878 | Student painting completed in one session at Inglis Academy: www.inglisacademy.com
Penny's Apples included a Valentine!

Cezanne: Apples, 1878 | Student painting completed in one session at Inglis Academy: www.inglisacademy.com
Cherry's Apples showed her preference for Baroque texturing, doubtless informed by her 8 grades of piano and violin repertoire.

Cezanne: Apples, 1878 | Student painting completed in one session at Inglis Academy: www.inglisacademy.com
Alex managed to capture the "squared-off" shapes that Cezanne preferred. This gives the simple sphere a lot of energy.

Cezanne: Apples, 1878 | Student painting completed in one session at Inglis Academy: www.inglisacademy.com
Tina's apples displayed soft, blended textures. She later overlaid some constructivist Cezanne strokes with impasto.

Cezanne: Apples, 1878 | Student painting completed in one session at Inglis Academy: www.inglisacademy.com
Detail from Tina's Cezanne.

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