“One Question” with Alex Danchev, author of “Cézanne: A Life”

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Alex Danchev was educated at University College, Oxford; Trinity Hall, Cambridge; and King’s College London. He is the author of several highly acclaimed biographies, including Georges Braque: A Life and the most recently published Cézanne: A Life. Other published books are a collection of essays, On Art and War and Terror and 100 Artists’ Manifestos. He writes regularly for The Times Literary Supplement and Times Higher Education. He has held fellowships at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.; St. Antony’s College, Oxford and King’s College London. He is a Professor of International Relations at the University of Nottingham. He lives in Nottingham, England.

Neoteric Art: What was one of the most interesting facts you learned about Paul Cézanne while doing research for the book?

Alex Danchev: That he was a great reader, and re-reader, reading and re-reading certain authors and certain books all his life – Baudelaire, Flaubert, Stendhal, and also Virgil, Horace, Lucretius. He translated Virgil in his spare time.

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