Paul Cézanne Post-Impressionists French painter, lived from 1839 to 1906. He was an artist whose works broke natural forms down into geometric shapes. He produced many versions of canvases depicting Mount Sainte-Victoire, smokers, card-players and bathers, and painted still lifes and portraits. Cézanne attempted to bridge nature and art. In the latter part of his career, he used colors in short strokes or in almost mosaic patches, all of equal intensity. He is often seen as anticipating cubist and abstract art, because he reduced the imperfect forms of nature to these essential shapes. 
Cézanne is one of the most famous French artists. "Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier" is considered the most expensive still life ever sold at an auction; it was sold at Sotheby's, New York on May 10, 1999, for US$60.5 million.
Cezanne is one of the most liberal artists I have ever seen. He prefaces every remark with Pour moi it is so and so, but he grants that everyone may be as honest and as true to nature from their convictions; he doesn't believe that everyone should see alike. Mary Cassatt
"La couleur est le lieu où notre cerveau et l'univers se rencontrent."
Cézanne's "The Card Players" is a series of oil paintings made during his final period in the early 1890s. There are five paintings in the series. They are know as: The Card Players, 1890-92, at Barnes Foundation, Merion, Pennsylvania; The Card Players, 1890-92, at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Card Players 1894-1895, the most famous, at Musée d'Orsay, Paris; The Card Players 1892-93, Private collection; and The Card Players 1892-95, Courtauld Institute of Art, London.
Paul Cezanne "The Card Players", 1892-1893. (the highest price ever paid for a work of art)