PRINT Summer 1971

Drawing in Cézanne

“The Dab Of Color Drawing Out Form Was The Constant Factor, Sureness And Specificity The Hallmark Of His Greatness”

THE ASTONISHINGLY HIGH level of achievement of the mature Cézanne and the sureness and frankness of his empirical “realizations,” are what impress so much in the exhibition of his works seen recently in Washington and Chicago and opening this month at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. This exhibition, assembled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Phillips Collection, gives us, with very few exceptions, Cézanne in undiluted quality: there is very little here to dissuade us from the opinion that he was by far the greatest master of his era. Indeed, although some works are of course less than others, the only criticism which could be leveled at this show is that it comes close to promoting an almost uncritical admiration for Cézanne’s work, so discriminating are most of the

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