July 12, 2004
From shock art to Christmas card

Another from here:

CezanneLandsc.jpg

Go here for the same thing slightly bigger, which is worth doing.

I suppose that when this was first exhibited, I would have disapproved. Call that a painting? Now, of course, beaten into submission by later horrors, I like it. Now, the very quality that at first made this painting so abhorrent to majority opinion (insofar as majority opinion ever set eyes on it) is what now makes it popular. I'm talking about the way that it is so obviously painted – so obviously not a photo, as we would say – while yet contriving also to look like a landscape. This is a mountain – this is not a mountain. Above all: this is not a photograph of a mountain.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 11:26 PM
Category: Painting