into Art by Pavel Machotka.
Designed by Gillian Malpass, Yale University Press. Released February 7, 1996
Machotka, himself an artist, moves from painting to painting, examining textures and surfaces, pictorial rhythms, and inflections of tone. As he analyzes Cézanne's treatment of individual sites, their transposition into forms and colors, and the artist's responsiveness to the demands of each unique composition, we begin to see Cézanne as he saw himself: not as an early Cubist but as a painter who explored his motif for its rich compositional potential and presented a parallel and faithful conception of it. Using color to define form, while retaining hues that are anchored in reality, Cézanne achieved sensuous reconstructions rather than intellectual depictions like those of the Cubists.
While there are other books
on Cézanne's landscapes, none is as closely informed by painterly
knowledge and perception or as complete in its grasp of Cézanne's
period and geography as this one. A visual delight, it is also an illuminating
and original interaction with the artist's work.
Pavel Machotka is
professor of psychology and art at the University of California, Santa
Cruz. He has exhibited his own paintings at the Campbell-Thibaud Gallery
in San Francisco and at other galleries, and his work was recently featured
and reviewed in American Artist.