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Description of the painting by Paul Cezanne “Modern Olympia”


Early Cezanne worked primarily with dark tones. He was inspired by the canvases of such painters as Courbet, Delacroix and Daumier. In 1870, the artist creates Modern Olympia. A huge influence on the writing of this picture had Eduard Manet and his controversial painting "Olympia". The second version of the picture was painted a few years after the first. She was brighter and brighter than the previous one. At the same time, the artist’s style is more inclined to impressionism.

The picture is more like a caricature or a draft sketch. This is not the structure that is inherent in the later works of Cezanne. By analogy with Manet, Cezanne's “modern Olympia” is depicted naked on a bed. The dark-skinned maid tries to either hide or reveal the naked woman with a veil. The difference between Olympia Cezanne and Olympia Manet is completely mirrored. Thanks to the smaller size of Olympia, Cezanne painted a man in the picture who was considering her. In the figure of a man, many see the author himself.

“Modern Olympia” has become as scandalous as the famous “Olympia” Manet. Many condemned the picture because it depicts a woman of an ancient profession. The perspective in which she is depicted is very frank. We do not know the real motives that the artist pursued, what he wanted to show us when he painted this picture. Some believe that Cezanne lost his mind when he wrote his Olympia. For the first time the picture for general viewing was presented in 1874 at the exhibition of the Impressionists.

Anyway, they are discussing the picture, they love and enjoy it.





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