The 11th Amuze Art Lecture discusses the most ambitious work by Paul Cézanne. The Large Bathers is on display in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Cézanne worked on it for the last decade of his life, and the work is still unfinished. Throughout his career, Cézanne was obsessed with painting nude bathers and he painted over 200 versions of them. In this video, it is explained what this ultimate version shows, why many consider this to be such a masterpiece, and how this work has influenced the development of Modern Art.
The work by Paul Cézanne is not always easy to understand and appreciate as he was an innovative painter that had a strong artistic vision. As he received a large inheritance from his parents, Cézanne did not have to create art that was easy to sell, and that resulted in highly innovative works that took time to be appreciated by the less-educated public. The Large Bathers is a great example of such a revolutionary painting. It does not just realistically show bathers, but shows them as part of their environment, allowing viewers to interpret it in their own way.
The Large Bathers is also part of the Highlights Tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art available in the Amuze app (Android and iOS). If you are interested in more two-minute art lectures, you can check out our YouTube channel or click directly on the link to one of our earlier videos: