Opera House Presents Cezanne: Portraits of a Life

Submitted Photo The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present Cezanne: Portraits of a Life, a special cinematic exhibition of the French artist’s work, on Thursday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. as part of its Art & Architecture On Screen Series.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present Cezanne: Portraits of a Life, a special cinematic exhibition of the French artist’s work, on Thursday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. as part of its Art & Architecture On Screen Series. Additionally, local visual artist Robert John Holland will exhibit his work in the Village Hall lobby before and during the show.

One of the most talked-about exhibitions of the year opens in Paris before traveling to London and Washington, and is dedicated to the portrait work of Paul Cezanne.

His incredibly varied painting style greatly influenced modern abstract art. Without understanding his significance and genius, no one can truly appreciate 20th century art.

Featuring interviews with curators and experts from the National Portrait Gallery in London, MoMa in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, and correspondence from the artist himself, the production takes audiences beyond the exhibition to the places Cezanne lived and worked. It sheds light on an artist who is perhaps the least-known of all the Impressionists — until now.

To celebrate local artists, the Opera House has partnered with members of the North Shore Arts Alliance to feature Holland’s works in the Opera House lobby from 6:30-7:30 p.m., immediately prior to the screening of Cezanne: Portraits of a Life. Holland has been described as a multi-capable academic. He is a Vietnam veteran whose work is in many collections including MOMA San Francisco. His research into cultural extremism, peaceful communication, color harmony, improvisational forms, quality and preserving serenity is ongoing. His documentary work and art also can be viewed online at www.robertjohnholland.com.

Individual tickets to Cezanne: Portraits of a Life are $15, ($10 students). A special Live in HD Series flexible subscription of eight tickets that can be used however you want — one at a time to eight different events, all at once for eight people, or anything in between — is $116. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 679-1891, Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online anytime at www.fredopera.org.

The Art & Architecture Series is sponsored by Fredonia Place. Support also comes from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County and the Arts Services Initiative of WNY’s Give for Greatness program.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.

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