Letters on Cezanne
Rainer Maria Rilke Joel Agee (Translator)
ART & ARCHITECTURE 2002 PAPER 84 PAGES FAVORITE
The great German poet discovered the art of Paul Cezanne during a Parisian sojourn in 1907, just two years after the artist's death. "All reality is on his side," Rilke wrote of Cezanne's paintings. This collection of short letters, written by Rilke to his wife Clara, is often cited as among the most insightful works of western art criticism. The letters chronicle Rilke's daily pilgrimage to a Cezanne exhibition at a gallery in Paris over the period of one year. Rilke's distinctively poetic language and attention to detail make this collection a brilliant and beautiful meditation on Paris, art, and life.