ALTHOUGH Paul Cézanne is widely regarded as the father of modern painting, and Manhattan's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is devoted to modern art, the Guggenheim has never owned a Cézanne. When it finally got one, it got one of the best: the Clockmaker (opposite), which will go on view next week along with 34 other recently acquired paintings.

Cézanne (1839-1906) painted pictures that were meticulous approximations of what he saw in nature; most of his contemporary critics thought them clumsy (in fact they were the reverse) and looked on Cézanne as inept or else...

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