Separating Cezanne’s Planes
Edition of 1
Reference Image: La Montagne Saint Victoire, Paul Cezanne The Barnes Foundation, Pennsylvania.
133.5 cm x 124.5 cm
Private Collection, UK
Cezanne has been named the father of modern art or the bridge to modern painting through his use of overlapping planes of colour to predict depth perception. He reversed the Renaissance perspective of a single viewer by fragmenting the locations into multiple planes and increased the size of the planes from small to large.
The work analyses Cezanne’s overlapping planes by a measure of separation. Entering and drawing from the left side of the painting, planes are separated to make a distinction between and to see around the space.
The analysis results in an exploding chart that measures separation. Flat colour was used to emphasize the illusion of stepped up planes – yellow as transition, greens and purples to recede and red as salient. The colour is transparent as the plane is implied rather than stated. The colour perspective points behind and around to separate each plane in space from the others.