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Woman with a Coffee Pot

“Woman with a Coffee Pot” is one of Paul Cezanne’s lesser known works.  However, at the Artist Angle Gallery in Frederick, MD from January 6 to February 17th it will become the most recognized!

14 artists, of different mediums and styles, were are invited to create their own interpretations of Cezanne’s masterpiece.

You will not be surprised to learn that my own interpretation is not of the woman or the coffee pot, but what lies beyond the coffee pot.  The woman wasn’t having JUST coffee was she?  Cezanne’s original painting is circa 1895 in Aix en Provence; therefore, I am certain the coffee was accompanied by croissants and jam!

My favorite part of my painting, “Dejeuner,”  is not the patisseries but the vessels that contain them.  These vessels are very sentimental to me, as I have been holding on to my grandmother’s ceramic basket and crystal jam jar in hopes I might one day find a use for them.  While perhaps not the traditional use, being able to include them in my painting makes me so happy.  I picture my grandmother, who died over 3 years ago, smiling and chuckling to herself upon seeing her serving pieces being a part of my artwork.

The original Cezanne painting, “Woman with a Coffee Pot” is currently hanging in my all-time favorite museum, The Musee d’Orsay in Paris, France.  While you may not be able to see the original easily, consider a trip to Frederick, MD instead.  “Inspired by the Masters: Cezanne” exhibition runs until February 17th at the Artist Angle Gallery, 124 South Carroll Street, Frederick, MD.  During that 6 weeks, patrons will have the opportunity to place silent bids for their favorite artworks from the exhibition.

“Dejeuner,” 2017. Oil on canvas, 16×20.