The Edge Of Autumn
oil on panel 9" x 12"
"With an apple, I want to astonish Paris."
Cezanne had a penchant for the simplified, in both his painting and his comments. ("Monet is only an eye but what an eye!") His constant effort was to get at the essence of his subject by eliminating the superfluous and unnecessary. Whether a mountain or an apple for subject, his painting was a battle against his limits of technique as tempered by his intense commitment to his ideas. In this painting I have switched my technique a bit - focus on breaking color, light, and value into controlled flat shapes - staying away from painterly modeling and tonal differentiation. I wished to get hold of the feeling of thick woods and an impenetrable wall of foliage - with the light beginning to get through as leaves begin to change and fall - the first edge of autumn as it happens.