112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Cézanne and Stevens: The Importance of an Individual Experience in Modern Art

Emily Marsh, California State University, Los Angeles

By highlighting the importance of the individual, both artists illustrate that the philosophies of Modernism have an inherent demand for autonomy. In order for a piece of art to be considered modern, the piece must start from within.       


Within my research paper, I’m documenting the connections between American literary Modernist aesthetics and European artistic Modernist aesthetics. Specifically, I’m using the aesthetic principles of artist Paul Cezanne to show how his ideas paved the way for American literary modernism. It is my hope that my research will bridge the gap between modernist poetry and art by illuminating the many connections they have in both philosophical believes and artistic technique.

The movement’s world-wide impact attests to the universal condition of people at the time; I believe this condition, which transcended linguistic and geographical boundaries, allowed people to unify through art in a way unique to this specific period in time. By exploring the impact avant-garde artists in Europe had on American poets, one can have a more complete understanding of the Modernist movement as a whole.