Paul Cezanne born January 19, 1839 in the ancient French town of Aix-en-Provence. Studying was easy and effective for him. He constantly received school awards in Latin and Greek, in mathematics.
Drawing and painting were included in the course of compulsory disciplines, but in his younger years Paul did not earn special laurels in this field. It is noteworthy that the annual drawing prize in college went to a classmate of young Cezanne - the future classic Emil Zola. It is worth noting that two prominent Frenchmen managed to carry strong childhood friendship through their whole lives. And the choice of life path was almost completely determined by the friendly advice of Emil.
In 1858, Cezanne took exams for a bachelor's degree at Aix University, enrolling in a law school operating at the university. Absolutely devoid of interest in jurisprudence, young Paul was forced to do so at the insistence of his imperious parent. For two years he "tormented" at this school, and during this time a decision was firmly formed in him to devote himself to painting.
The son and father managed to reach a compromise - Louis Auguste equipped his son with a workshop where, in between legal practice, he could devote time to the study of artistic skill under the guidance of local artist Joseph Giber.
In 1861, the father still let his son go to Paris for a real training in painting. Visiting Atelier Suisse, the impressive Paul Cezanne, under the influence of the local artists, quickly departed from his academic manner and began to search for his own style.
Returning briefly to Aix, Paul then again followed his friend Zola into the capital. He is trying to enter the École-de-Bozar, but the examiners considered the work presented to him to be too "violent", which, however, was not so far from reality.
However, 23 years is an age full of hope, and Cezanne, not too distressed, continued to write. Every year he presented his creations in the Salon. But the demanding jury rejected all the paintings of the artist. Pinched vanity forced Cezanne to plunge deeper into work, gradually developing his own manner. Some recognition, along with other impressionists, came to Cezanne in the mid-70s. Several wealthy bourgeois acquired several of his works.
In 1869, Maria-Hortense Fique became the wife of Paul. They lived together for forty years. Cezanne with his wife and son Paul constantly moved from place to place, until, finally, in 1885 Ambroise Vollard organized a personal exhibition of the artist. But the debts associated with the death of the mother force the artist to sell the family estate. At the turn of the century, he opens his own studio, continuing to work tirelessly at the same time, until October 22, 1906, pneumonia interrupts his difficult and fruitful life path.