Discovering the secrets of Morandi and Cézanne
Giorgio Morandi (Italian, 1890—1964) painted simple subjects including bottles, vases and flowers as well as landscapes within a tight structure and with a lush, subtle tonality. Paul Cézanne (French, 1839-1906) was a Post-Impressionist painter who opened up the world of art to a greater freedom of expression in his landscapes and still life work. Both Matisse and Picasso are said to have remarked “Cézanne is the father of us all,” and Morandi was influenced by him as well. There is a lot we can learn from them all.
In this class we will look at Morandi compositions contrasted with Cézanne’s. By understanding the importance of design and composition in both still life and landscape we will see that, regardless of subject matter, a successful drawing or painting must rely on a solid foundation. Composition is the backbone to any great artwork and it spans all types of art.
We will do many of our own studies from observation of still life objects and the landscape. We will be painting in this class, you will be able to work in the medium of your choice. We will be drawing as well, and will be asking a lot of questions of ourselves to get to the essence of our subjects.
Four 3-hour classes:
Session 1: Morandi: Focus on the Still Life
Session 2: Morandi: Focus on the Landscape
Session 3: Cézanne: Focus on the Still Life
Session 4: Cézanne: Focus on the Landscape