I had the wonderful privilege of going through Philadelphia yesterday and having the chance to actually view the show Cézanne and Beyond. It’s just curatorial genius!
As mentioned in an earlier post, the show not only contains more than 50 classic Cézanne works but juxtaposes them against over 100 works of other artists as diverse as Picasso, Kelly, Johns, Marden, and Wall.
This got me thinking that it might be interesting to contrast classic packages and demonstrate their influence on design work that came later. So look for this as a new regular feature of this blog.
We often tend to misunderstand, or at least minimize, the direct influences of previous generations of package design and designers. My feeling though, is that the creative influences of earlier generations of designers is as strong as the influence of Cézanne’s, so ably demonstrated by this exhibition.
Again, go see this show!
All images are from the PMA show, except the Marden which is very close to the one shown in Philly. The left image contrasts Cézanne and Marden, the right image Cézanne and Wall.