Paul Cézanne, the French artists and post-impressionists painter characterized for his volatile brushstrokes and dynamic planes of color that laid the foundations for the radical art of Picasso and Matisse that exploded with popularity in the early 20th Century, is most remembered for his ability to harmonize naturalistic representation with personal expression and abstract pictorial order.
Though landscapes are the most iconic images within Cézanne’s body of work, it is the psychological intensity embedded within Cezanne’s early works that most fascinates Dr. André Dombrowski.
Recipient of the 2009 Phillips Book Prize and Assistant Professor at University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Dombrowski will be giving a lecture, Cézanne, Murder, and Modern Life, at the Phillips Collection on Thursday, January 24.
Dr. Dombrowski offers a nuanced approach to early French modernism, one which he argues for emotive “expression” in scenes of murder, sexual violence and anxious domesticity, as the roots of modern painting.
Dr. Dombrowski will be participating in a lecture and book signing on Thursday, January 24, at 6:30pm at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW. Seating is limited.