Google Doodle marks birthday of artist Cézanne

19 Jan 2011

Internet search giant is marking the 172nd birthday of post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne with a Google Doodle replacing its logo on its homepage.

The “doodle” is a still-life picture in Cézanne’s style.

Born 19 January 1839 in France, Cézanne initially studied law. He moved to Paris in 1861 to pursue art – reportedly much to his father’s disdain at his abandoning his legal education.

Cézanne’s most well-known works include still lifes and scenes of the countryside. He was 67 when he died from pneumonia in Aix, France, in 1906, leaving an influence on Cubist artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Juan Gris.

Google Doodles have marked other events, such as former Beatle John Lennon’s birthday.