Donald E. Gordon

  • The Expressionist Cézanne

    IN FEBRUARY OF 1910 the young Czech art critic Antonín Matějček proposed that all advanced French painters since Impressionism should be called “Expressionists,” and that Paul Cézanne should be recognized as the “spiritual father” of the new movement.1 Although such a designation has fallen out of favor in recent decades, a new approach to the problem of Expressionist art now makes it possible indeed to see certain works by Cézanne as expressionistic. One may consider, in particular, an interval of conflict in an artist’s development as an Expressionist moment, with a resolution of conflict