Art: I Am a Timid Man

"My father," said Paul Cézanne, "was a man of genius; he left me an income of 25,000 francs." Young Paul, who tried and soon abandoned the idea of working in his father's bank, was a genius of another kind. Having no money worries, he turned to art, and made his way into the company of history's great painters.

Few recognized the old recluse's mastery before his death in 1906—and the master himself was not among them. Today his reputation is still waxing. Next week Chicago's Art Institute will give it a further boost with...

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