Paul Cézanne, Self-Portrait in a Straw Hat,  from 1875 until 1876, 
Oil on canvas, Museum of Modern Art

It is well known that Paul Cézanne, though particularly wary of inappropriate appeals to theory, was nonetheless much given to formulating reflections as part of the practice of his own art. His letters, as well as his works themselves, demonstrate how positively he looked upon theory when it was correctly applied, and upon reason, “that clarity,” he wrote,...


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