Happy Father’s day to my followers & readers, their fathers… and my father Apap chéri !
The artwork of the day is The Artist’s Father, Reading “L’Événement”, painted by Cézanne in 1866, now in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
In The Artist’s Father, Cézanne shows his tension-charged relationship with his father thanks to a heavy palette knife technique. He represents his father reading the newspaper L’Evénement, not a journal that his banker father was accustomed to reading. Cézanne’s friend Zola was an art critic for L’Evénement. Cézanne rejected the legal and banking careers advocated by his father and studied art instead. Despite the painting being interpreted as an assertion of Cézanne’s independence, I see in the painting a smiling father acknowledging his son’s artistic accomplishment. Happy Father’s Day!