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Writings of Cézanne having inspired the foundations of cubism

"To treat nature by the cylinder, sphere and cone, with the whole put into perspective, so that each side of an object or plane is directed towards a central point. Lines parallel to the horizon give extent, either a section of nature or, if you prefer, spectacle which the pater omnipotens aeterne deus lays out before our very eyes.

The lines perpendicular to this horizon give depth. Now nature, for us men, is more in depth than in surface, whence the necessity of introducing into our vibrations light, represented by reds and yellows, as well as a sufficient amount of blues to make the air felt."

Extract from Cézanne's correspondence, addressed to Émile Bernard in 1904.

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