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The Vault: Paul Cézanne

June 5 – July 1, 2018

The Vault

Paul Cézanne, Les Baigneurs (The Large Bathers), 1899. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, purchase.

This work was selected by Robert Nesom (class of 2018), who explains: “This piece struck me because of its simplicity and fluidity. Paul Cézanne’s use of small brushstrokes and color come together in a very harmonious manner that offers the viewer feelings of tranquility and ease. I am fascinated by the scenery in the background and confronted with a wave of calmness from the meandering lines. Post-impressionism is one of my favorite art movements and it is impossible to ignore Cézanne’s impact upon it. He inspired many master artists including Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, who duly noted him as the “father of us all.” I respect his unique approach to his art at a time when radical and non-traditional art was not always welcomed.”

The Vault

The Vault, which also houses some of the works from our permanent collection, is dedicated to featuring and displaying works chosen by MSU students who work at the museum. Each month, one of our student gallery guides selects a piece from our collection and writes a short text explaining why they chose it and believe it should be displayed. By providing our gallery guides with an opportunity to participate in the curatorial process of selection and display, we aim to open a dialogue with the student community while simultaneously sharing with the public works from the collection that would otherwise remain in storage.