A difference that is immediately noticed in the above photo is the color. “Riverbank” was painted in 1895. One of the most asked questions from visitors while I’m painting regards the noticeable differences in colors. Am I purposely changing the color of my copy? The answer is no. The differences are traced to the age of the original painting. Time, atmosphere, dust, and climate have faded and discolored many of the original works. I often wonder if the original painting as it was painted looked more like my copy in both color and brightness. Eventually, my intention is to tweak and tone down the colors with a glaze to make them look more like the original. However, in some cases, visitors or a client might like the brighter, more colorful look. I may choose to stay somewhere in between.
Although Cezanne has always been considered an Impressionist and his masterpieces hang in the Impressionism gallery at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., his association with Impressionism was a brief and unsatisfactory one, a marriage of convenience rather than a true affair of the heart. Initially, he welcomed the opportunity to exhibit his paintings in the company of some of the impressionists he respected, namely Pissarro, Renoir and Monet. Cezanne was a ‘high strung’ individual, and often experienced dark depressions and irrational outbursts of anger with even his most loyal friends. He eventually disassociated himself from the impressionists. The weather seemed to affect his moods often having to deal with long periods of rain and dreariness which prevented him from going outdoors to do what he loved best, paint the light.
Regarding the weather, I imagine many of us are feeling like Cezanne with the winter of our discontent this year. We have barely recovered from the last snow and ice storm and must now prepare for an even larger amount of the white stuff. We’re expecting up to 14″ of snow tonight and strong winds tomorrow. We’re hoping not to lose power again so I’m rushing to get this blog published just in case. I will try to keep my “dark depressions and irrational outbursts of anger” to a minimum.