Unfinished and Abstracted: Paul Cezanne, Twentieth-Century Painter in Spite of Himself

This publication presents the transcript of a conference given by Richard Shiff, Director of the Center for Studies of Modernity at The University of Texas, Austin, at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas. In his paper titled Unfinished and Abstracted: Paul Cezanne a Painter of the Twentieth Century Despite Himself, Schiff discusses abstraction, focusing on the works of Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) and the possibility that he was producing abstract art before anybody had the slightest idea what abstract painting was. The author also comments on the contradictory influence Cézanne’s art had on artists such as Willem de Kooning of the New York School in the 1950s.