Paul Cezanne: Dr Gary Day

"Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and proto-Modernist Cezanne was, declared Matisse and Picasso, ‘the father of us all’. The Symbolists admired the mysterious aspects of his work, the Cubists admired his sense of ‘the relativity of structure’ while those who came after saw him as the ancestor of abstract art. Cezanne spent the last 26 years of his life meticulously painting the landscape of his birthplace, Aix-en-Provence. Robert Hughes stated that ‘no modern artist except Van Gogh so compels you to recognise their paintings in the landscape.’ Sadly we won’t be popping over to France to test the truth of this claim, but we will be looking at Cezanne’s paintings, how his style develops as he seeks to reconcile the ceaseless play of light with the relative stability of shape. Hopefully we will then understand a little better what he meant by his famous remark, ‘With an apple I will astonish Paris.’"

Tutor: Dr Gary Day

"Gary Day was a principal lecturer in English at De Montfort. He gave the centenary lecture on F.R. Leavis at Cambridge and for many years was on the committee of the British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies. He is the author of five books, including one on Leavis, and his latest, The Story of Drama: Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present, was described in the Times Literary Supplement as ‘an ambitious book, richly informative, consistently readable and conscientiously argued’. He has edited various collections of essays on topics ranging from Victorian literature and culture to D H Lawrence. Gary was also for many years a columnist and reviewer for the Times Higher. His essay John Bunyan: Class and Englishness will be published in the The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan next year."