21st Apr 2018
A newly published book by Joel Meyerowitz focuses on the French painter Paul Cézanne’s studio.
While working on a book commission about Provence, Joel Meyerowitz visited Cézanne’s studio in Aix-en-Provence. While there, he experienced a flash of understanding about Cézanne’s art. Cézanne had painted the studio walls a dark grey, Meyerowitz observed how the objects seemed to be absorbed into the grey background. He decided to take each of the objects in Cézanne’s studio and view them against the grey wall, his impulse was to place each one in the exact same spot on his marble-topped table and simply make a ‘dumb’ record of it. He then decided to arrange them in rows, almost as if they were back on his shelf above the table, and made a grid of five rows with five objects on each row, with Cézanne’s hat as the centrepiece. This beautifully designed edition presents Meyerowitz’s series as modern still-lifes and as an incredible revelation of Cézanne’s methods. It is available to purchase through Huxley-Parlour books.