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Cézanne: Still Life with Plaster Cast

This month art critic and writer Robert Cumming explores one of Cézanne’s more enigmatic works

Robert Cumming

Who would be an art historian?

Details: Cupid amongst the vegetables

The fall of light, the signature and the flying carpet

Details: The tilting floor, the outlines and the paintings

Is this a thing of beauty?

Reading list

Robert Cumming, ART: A no-nonsense guide to art and artists, pub. Everyman's Library, 26/10/2001 www.amazon.co.uk

Author's Biography

Robert Cumming has worked professionally in the art world for over 25 years, first at the Tate Gallery and latterly at Christie's during the golden age for the auction houses. He joined Christie's to set up and run Christie's Education, which grew into an international success with branches in London, New York and Paris. His interest is art criticism rather than art history. His audience is the public at large, rather than art specialists. He has written numerous books, three of which won literary prizes, and which have cumulatively sold over 1 million copies. His articles are published in ArtReview, The Times, TES, The Independent, International Herald Tribune, Daily Mail, Country Life, Christie's Magazine, National Gallery News. He serves or has served on the boards of a number of public and charitable arts organisations including: The Arts Council, The Council of the Friends of the Tate Gallery, The National Trust, The Contemporary Art Society, The Sir Henry Doulton Sculpture School, The Royal British Society of Sculptors, and the Buckinghamshire County Museum, and the Buckingham Partnership. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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