Paul Cézanne was a French Post-Impressionist painter born on January 19, 1839 in Aix-en-Provence, France. He studied law for a time but eventually decided to pursue a career in art. He studied under Camille Pissarro and was influenced by the Impressionists, but he developed his own unique style that focused on geometric shapes and the use of color to create depth and form.
Cézanne's work was not well received during his lifetime and he struggled financially, but he continued to paint and create. He became friends with Émile Zola, who helped promote his work. In his later years, Cézanne gained more recognition and success, and his work greatly influenced later artists such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.
Cézanne died on October 22, 1906 in Aix-en-Provence, France. Today, he is considered one of the most important figures in the history of modern art.