The post impressionist work of Cezanne is known to have inspired many from the Cubist art movement, such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Juan Gris.
Cezanne himself used the French countryside to fire his imagination, though more contrived still life and portrait paintings also figure prominently with in his career.
The work of this famous French painter has been loosely categorised into four categories, namely his dark period, followed by his impressionist period, mature period and then the final years of his work. Each of these were spent in either Paris, Provence, or a combination of the two.
Cezanne's influence went far beyond the boundaries of his own country, though. The role of Paris at that time was highly significant in the art world, with creative artists from all across Europe spending time in the city in order to share ideas with likeminded people. The likes of Modigliani, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec and many more famous artists made significant progression in their careers during their time in the French capital.
Discussion of Cezanne's work would then spread to the likes of Italy, UK, Germany, Spain from those who had come across his art work in Paris.
Cezanne struggled initially for academic acclaim, but younger artists were already very much inspired by his work by the time of the 1907 retrospective of his work in Paris. If was now that he was to receive the respect that his work deserved, and this single exhibition was to prove highly significant in the subsequent formation of the Cubist art movement.
Besides the cubists, there were also many other abstract artists who also drew on the work of Cezanne, such as Paul Klee and Kasimir Malevich.