Paul Cézanne was a French Post-Impressionist painter. He was born in on January 19, 1839. After following his father's wishes and attempting to become a lawyer, Cézanne broke with his wishes and pursued a career in art. Although at first he was not successful, after exhibiting in several salons Cézanne was embraced by a younger generation of painters, including those following Cubism and Fauvism.

Cézanne was interested in breaking down elements in his work to a simple geometric form. He also worked with varying perspectives, including attempting to include the passage of time. He was a shy artist who typically worked with the same models again and again. He passed away in 1906. Cézanne is now known as the "father" of masters such as Picasso and Matisse.

Paul Cézanne: Still Life with Bowl of Fruit. 1893-4

Paul Cézanne: Large Bathers. 1906