Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) is among the most famous and loved French post impressionists. However, as an artist from this school, he has always been a little bit aside from the publicity and noise, with which all their activities had been accompanied.
Born in Aix-en-Provence, he, throughout all his life, preferred to work in his hometown and not to stay for long in Paris or outside France.
Cézanne physically suffered during his stays in the capital, worked mostly in his atelier there and could not be often met at gatherings and public places. Once during one of the few vacations he have had – in Switzerland, with his family, he did not stand for until the end of the planned stay and returned alone and in advance to France. An interesting escape from a vacation. It was very hard for him to stay focused and paint when not at home.
Cézanne has left us unforgettable landscapes from his native Aix-en-Provence.
The houses aslept in an afternoon dream. The trees slanted by the sea-side wind. The hills of Sainte-Victoire mountain. The valley, sunk in spring greenery or laying quiet under the rays of the hot summer sun.
I’ve dreamt of seeing this valley and this mountain since my childhood.
You may take a look at some of his works at Wikipedia.