Cézanne and American Modernism


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Gail Stavitsky and Katherine Rothkopf; Essays by Ellen Handy, Jill Anderson Kyle, Mary Tompkins Lewis, Jerry N. Smith, and Jayne S. Warman

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The first in-depth look at Cézanne’s powerful influence in shaping early 20th-century American art

Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) is one of the great geniuses in the history of art, and his work has influenced a multitude of artists throughout Europe. Across the Atlantic, Cézanne’s paintings had a similarly catalytic effect on artists emerging in the United States during the early 20th century. Cézanne and American Modernism is the first book devoted specifically to his impact on American art and its eager reception there. It shows how American painters and photographers cemented Cézanne’s legacy by spreading their respect and admiration for his vision with their own art, writings, and exhibitions.

Examining Cézanne’s influence on more than a generation of American artists, this handsomely illustrated book features paintings and photography by Paul Strand, Marsden Hartley, Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, Charles Demuth, Arshile Gorky, Charles Sheeler, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Maurice Prendergast, Morgan Russell, Max Weber, and many others. Cézanne’s far-reaching transformative impact on each artist’s aesthetic vision is explored, while extensive essays shed new light on a wide range of subjects from American collectors of his work and his shaping of modernism in the American West to the lasting resonance of his art on Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s.

Published in association with The Baltimore Museum of Art

Exhibition Schedule:

 Montclair Art Museum (9/13/09 – 1/3/10)

The Baltimore Museum of Art (2/14/10 – 5/23/10)

               Phoenix Art Museum (6/26/10 – 9/26/10)

Gail Stavitsky is Chief Curator of the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, New Jersey. Katherine Rothkopf is Senior Curator of European Painting and Sculpture at The Baltimore Museum of Art.


 Montclair Art Museum (9/13/09 – 1/3/10)

The Baltimore Museum of Art (2/14/10 – 5/23/10)

               Phoenix Art Museum (6/26/10 – 9/26/10)

"[The] show and its hefty, richly informative catalog examine that great French Post-Impressionist's impact on American artists, critics, dealers and collectors from 1907 to 1930."—Ken Johnson, The New York Times

‘Laid out in this gorgeous new book, it is obvious that many of the 20th century’s greatest American artists owe a great debt to Paul Cézanne…There are some great surprises in here too.’

"[A] fine new publication. . . . Illustrations and text are laid out in a visually pleasing manner." —J. Weidman, Choice

"An excellent accompanying catalogue to the exhibition." —Eric Banks, The Washington Post
ISBN: 9780300147155
Publication Date: September 22, 2009
Publishing Partner: Published in association with The Baltimore Museum of Art
376 pages, 10 x 11
190 color illus.
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