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Cezanne's Orchard

  • My tribute to Paul Cezanne

    Cezanne's Orchard is part of my new series, Visionaries:  My Tribute to the Innovators of Fine Art. In this image, I explore the work of the French post-impressionist painter Paul Cezanne (1839-1906). Here, I re-interpret his iconic painting, Curtain, Jug and Fruit.

    You can watch videos of the creation of Cezanne's Orchard on Instagram

    About the Visionaries series 

    Every museum store in the world carries postcards of their most popular works. I have dozens of these cards featuring every style of painting imaginable.

    In this new series, Visionaries: My Tribute to the Innovators of Fine Art, I explore the artistry of these painters - marrying their iconic images with both abstract backgrounds and ultra-realistic still life objects to create something entirely new.

    I hope you enjoy them.

  • Cezanne's Orchard was a fun challenge! Cezanne painted with big brushes, using big strokes. When you see his paintings in person, you see brush strokes, brush hairs - the work is very textural. So the brainteaser for me was how to convey the nature of the original work with my precise, high-realism style. The answer? A very tiny brush! I created the same effects as Cezanne, but on a micro scale.

    To suggest the background of the original painting, I created an abstract background using paint and a light mist of turpentine. Over this, I laid brown paper, which soaks up the turpentine. When the paper is peeled off, the lovely mottled texture is left behind on the canvas. The jug and the fruit are painted in the style of traditional still life realism. There is something for every art lover in this piece.

    Note the use of the trompe l'oeil style of painting for the masking tape - the tape looks real and three-dimensional. Depicting masking tape instead of a shelf is a bit of fun, giving you a  “behind the curtain” look at how a painting is constructed. You see, the way I paint a shelf in my paintings is to place tape on my canvas, paint my subject, peel off the tape, and then paint in the shelf. Leaving in the tape gives you an “in progress” look into my technique.

  • All Richard Hall prints are limited edition and hand-signed and numbered by the artist.

    All of our prints are finished with a coating that protects the print and enhances light-fastness; we use the highest quality pigmented inks with an estimated lifetime of 118 years.

    Canvas giclées: Edition of 50 (for all sizes), signed and numbered on the back of the piece. Archivally mounted or stretched and hand-coated with protectant. Framed canvas giclées are hand-framed in our studio with an espresso-colored frame with gold-tone lip. Unframed canvas giclées should not be framed with glass.

    Paper giclées: Edition of 250 for 12” x 16” sizes; edition of 125 for 18” x 24”. Printed on high-quality, acid-free paper and comes with a hand-cut mat that fits into a standard-size frame. We recommend that you use a frame with glass to ensure longevity of your paper print.