Paul Cézanne

4 French Trailblazers Who Changed the World

Both Matisse and Picasso are said to have remarked ‘Cézanne is the father of us all’, and the one painter whose work other artists longed to own was Paul Cézanne. Ernest Hemingway once stated that he desired to write as Cézanne painted, and Cézanne had great influence in the world of literature as well as that of art.

He didn’t sell much and his work was regularly rejected by the official Salon. Yet he created a bridge between the Impressionists and the Cubists and laid the foundations for modern art. He changed the course of art history.

Cézanne is the father of us all

Learn about the life of this extraordinary artist – his friendship with Émile Zola and the impact of that relationship on them both, his deep love for his birthplace of Provence, his obsession with Mont Sainte-Victoire which he painted more than sixty times, his marriage, and his incredible dedication to painting until his final hours. See some of his most wonderful works and explore the career and influence of this artistic genius.

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I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your Trailblazers series.

As a lifelong Francophone and Francophile, it was so interesting to get the whole story as it were, about your subjects. In each of your presentations, I learned a great deal that I didn’t know, and your information was spot on. 

So I thank you so much for the opportunity to listen and learn.

I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed watching your four French Trailblazers lectures. It was a wonderful treat for me to sit back on a Monday early evening, to listen, watch and learn from you.
Thank you so much for the marvellous French Series. I have savoured every word. You really kept our minds in high spirits just when needed. 
Looking forward to your future events. Your range of interests and enthusiasm is inspiring. 
Stay safe, well and curious!

Then you for another amazing talk Susannah!!


Thank you for an excellent presentation on one of my favourite painters, Cezanne. I just loved learning so much more about this marvellous iconic artist.


Please relate to Susannah how much I enjoyed her lectures! She is so well researched, very engaging, and simply, divine! Thank you, Susannah!!


That was absolutely wonderful, Susannah – the flow of images – painting, photos – as ever, with the commentary. Thank you. This is an unforgettable series of talks in our shared 2021 lockdown months.


Thankyou. Very interesting and stimulating.

Thank you for your great talks on French Trailblazers, I am enjoying them very much. 
I visited Cezanne’s studio in Aix en Provence a few years ago, I wish I had heard your talk before I went.
The garden was lovely.

Thoroughly enjoyed the talk.


Susannah is fabulous. I saw her at Mosman Library a couple of years ago and LOVED her enthusiasm, knowledge and obvious research. I have really enjoyed Victor Hugo and Cezanne and will look forward to sharing my new knowledge with my French conversation class tomorrow.


So interesting! I loved learning about Cezanne and continue to be in awe of your prodigious knowledge, wide reading, and marvellous enthusiasm.

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