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Cezanne was always seeking

“…Cezanne was always seeking to avoid the ready-made alternatives suggested to him: sensation versus judgment; the painter who sees against the painter who thinks; nature versus composition; primitivism as opposed to tradition…Cezanne did not think he had to choose between feeling and thought, between order and chaos.  He did not want to separate the stable things which we see and the shifting way in which they appear; he wanted to depict matter as it takes on form, the birth of order through spontaneous organization.  He makes a basic distinction not between ‘the sense’ and ‘the understanding’ but rather between the spontaneous organization of the things we perceive and the human organization of ideas and sciences…Cezanne wanted to paint this primordial world…”

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Cezanne’s Doubt



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