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OZENFANT – Foundations of Modern Art

May 11, 2016

The search for intensity dominates the whole of modern painting.  There can be no intensity without simplification, and, to some degree, no intensity without distortion: the distortion of what is seen, naturally.  Simplification, distortion of forms, and modification of natural appearances, are ways of arriving at an intense expressiveness of form.  All such means are analogous because they succeed in establishing certain dominants.  in this respect the most important influences on Cezanne were El Greco in regard to distortion, Corot for simplification, and doubtless Manet for colour.   p.60

But the only purpose of Corot and Manet is to create in us the emotion they themselves felt in contact with something objective or imagined.  Frenchmen, they did not go beyond what was indispensable, which is one way of submitting without servility to the natural laws that govern our sensibility…

…but there is one historic reality which must be emphasized, and that is the Impressionists…They were individualists who had accepted a conventional mode of expression…

…Cezanne’s problem is always how to find in nature communicable formulas adequate to the expression of interior concepts.  p 61

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