Inspiration

From before I started art college, I had been interested in how the Cubists (initially Braque and Picasso) were influenced by Cézanne’s later paintings. There seems to me to be a clear visual link, as though Cézanne could be seen as the first Cubist.

I didn’t pursue it intellectually. I considered investigating that link as part of a PhD which would have been about Cubism, but decided against. I did pursue the idea visually, for example by using small paper houses to create compositions inspired by Cézanne’s and Braque’s paintings around l’Estaque.

I believe the painting Maisons et arbre is the one that gained Cubism its name. A critic complained Braque’s painting was just “little cubes”.

"Georges Braque, 1908, Maisons et arbre, oil on canvas, 40.5 x 32.5 cm, Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art" by Georges Braque - Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art. Licensed under PD-US via Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Georges_Braque,_1908,_Maisons_et_arbre,_oil_on_canvas,_40.5_x_32.5_cm,_Lille_M%C3%A9tropole_Museum_of_Modern,_Contemporary_and_Outsider_Art.jpg#/media/File:Georges_Braque,_1908,_Maisons_et_arbre,_oil_on_canvas,_40.5_x_32.5_cm,_Lille_M%C3%A9tropole_Museum_of_Modern,_Contemporary_and_Outsider_Art.jpg
“Georges Braque, 1908, Maisons et arbre, oil on canvas, 40.5 x 32.5 cm, Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art” by Georges Braque – Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art. Licensed under PD-US via Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Georges_Braque,_1908,_Maisons_et_arbre,_oil_on_canvas,_40.5_x_32.5_cm,_Lille_M%C3%A9tropole_Museum_of_Modern,_Contemporary_and_Outsider_Art.jpg#/media/File:Georges_Braque,_1908,_Maisons_et_arbre,_oil_on_canvas,_40.5_x_32.5_cm,_Lille_M%C3%A9tropole_Museum_of_Modern,_Contemporary_and_Outsider_Art.jpg
Paul_Cézanne_-_Houses_in_Provence-_The_Riaux_Valley_near_L'Estaque_-_Google_Art_Project
“Paul Cézanne – Houses in Provence- The Riaux Valley near L’Estaque – Google Art Project” by Paul Cézanne – 1QFGQA0MaQQxVw at Google Cultural Institute, zoom level maximum. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Paul_C%C3%A9zanne_-_Houses_in_Provence-_The_Riaux_Valley_near_L%27Estaque_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg#/media/File:Paul_C%C3%A9zanne_-_Houses_in_Provence-_The_Riaux_Valley_near_L%27Estaque_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg