Synopses & Reviews
Michael Doran has gathered texts by contemporaries of Paul Cand#233;zanne (1839-1906)and#151;including artists, critics, and writersand#151;that illuminate the influential painter's philosophy of art especially in his late years. The book includes historically important essays by a dozen different authors, including Emile Bernard, Joaquim Gasquet, Maurice Denis, and Ambroise Vollard, along with selections from Cand#233;zanne's own letters.
In addition to the material included in the original French edition of the book, which has also been published in German, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese, this edition contains an introduction written especially for it by noted Cand#233;zanne scholar Richard Shiff. The book closes with Lawrence Gowing's magisterial essay, "The Logic of Organized Sensations," first published in 1977 and long out of print.
Cand#233;zanne's work, and the thinking that lay behind it, have been of inestimable importance to the artists who followed him. This gathering of writings will be of enormous interest to artists, writers, art historiansand#151;indeed to all students of modern art.
"This is an extraordinary book. It not only contains all the accounts written by those who met Cand#233;zanne and spoke with him (including several 'interviews' with the painter), but it also puts these accounts in perspective."and#151;Yves-Alain Bois, Harvard University
"Doran's collection of diverse primary sources recording Cand#233;zanne's theories and the early critical reception of his art is an essential monument in the painter's bibliography, previously not accessible. And Gowing's thoughtful essay serves as a superb model for how such primary material should be consulted."and#151;Mary Tompkins Lewis, author of Cand#233;zanne
About the Author
Michael Doran, who is both an art historian and a practicing artist, was formerly the Librarian of the Courtauld Institute in London.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Richard Shiff
Gustave Geffroy: Excerpt from Claude Monet, His Life, His Times, His Works
Ambroise Vollard: Excerpt from Paul Cand#233;zanne
Land#233;o Larguier: Excerpt from Sunday with Paul Cand#233;zanne
Jules Borand#233;ly: 'Cand#233;zanne at Aix' (L'Art Vivant)
Emile Bernard: Letter to His Mother (5 February 1904)
Paul Cand#233;zanne: Letters to Emile Bernard (April to June, 1904)
Emile Bernard: 'Paul Cand#233;zanne' (L'Occident)
Paul Cand#233;zanne: Letters to Emile Bernard (July 1904 to September 1906)
Emile Bernard: 'Memories of Paul Cand#233;zanne' (Mercure de France)
Francis Jourdain: Excerpt from Cand#233;zanne
R. P. Riviand#232;re and J. F. Schnerb: 'The Studio of Cand#233;zanne' (La Grande Revue)
Maurice Denis: Excerpt from the Journal
Karl Ernst Osthaus: 'A Visit to Paul Cand#233;zanne' (Das Feuer)
Paul Cand#233;zanne: My Confessions
Joachim Gasquet: 'What He Said to Me' (excerpt from Cand#233;zanne)
Emile Bernard: 'A Conversation with Cand#233;zanne' (Mercure de France)
Maurice Denis: 'Cand#233;zanne' (excerpt from Theories)
Lawrence Gowing: 'The Logic of Organized Sensations'