An emblematical personality of Aix en Provence, Paul Cézanne was born in 1839. Head of the impressionist motion, his example was capital for certain of the most important currents of the 20 th century.
1839 : Aix-en-Provence, on January 19th, birth of Paul Cézanne, son of Louis-Auguste Cézanne, hat maker, and of Anne-Elysabeth Aubert. The house of the latter is located 28, rue de l'Opéra.
1861 : Paul Cézanne gives up his law studies. He goes to Paris for the first time, where he meets Zola and becomes acquainted with Pissaro at the Swiss Academy.
1874-76-77 : Takes part in the first, second and third exhibitions of impressionnist painters.
1882 : His work is accepted for the Salon for the first and only time.
1895 : Vollard, the art dealer, runs the first private exhibition dedicated to Cézanne's works in his gallery in November.
1905 : Paul Cézanne dies on October 23rd in his house rue Boulegon.
L'Atelier des Lauves, built in 1901, presents with a lot of emotion the setting of his last working years. Cézanne's workshop welcomes each year some 40 000 visitors from all over the world. Portraits, still-life and landscapes are his main works.
The Montagne Sainte Victoire becomes his priviledged motive: we know of about 50 different paintings of which the "grandes" are admired world-wide.
Paul Cézanne now has his life traced through the streets of Aix en Provence and as far as the Montagne Sainte Victoire.