The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
Off and on, for more than two decades, from about 1865 to 1885, Paul
Cézanne and Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) worked together in the countryside
around Pissarro's home in Pontoise, an easy trip from Paris. Often, with their
easels set side by side, they painted the same motif under the same light.
Then, the sessions ceased. Cézanne returned to his home in Aix, made
a peace of sorts with his father (who would soon die and leave him a fortune),
married his mistress, and recognized his son. There, for the remaining 20
years of his life he lived largely in isolation from the mainstream of the
Paris art world while he constructed the mountains and still lifes that would—after
his death—confer on him the honorific “Father of Modern Art.”
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