Paul C?zanne counts as the father of modern painting. Far from Paris, in the South of France, his obstinacy as man and artist made him a pioneer of a new way of seeing. Returning always to the same subjects - the Mont Sainte-Victoire, bathing figures, or still lifes - he abandoned central perspective, distorted body-shapes and broke all the traditional rules of landscape painting. Aided by experts, and descendants of the artist, Matthew Collings gives a thorough introduction to C?zanne's life and work, exploring the lifelong artistic quest of the man whom Picasso called "my only master". A Film by Janice Sutherland.
Major retrospectives in the last several years have re-established Paul Cezanne to his rightful place as one of the progenitors of Modern Art. His choppy breakdowns of landscape and still life led the way from Impressionism to Cubism and twentieth-century Abstraction. This documentary discusses in detail the importance of Cezanne's work by placing it in its historical context and comparisons with old masters and new.