Vase of Flowers
To early 20th Century Modernists, Cézanne was the founder of modern painting. Henri Matisse called him "the father of us all".
Cézanne and the important novelist Émile Zola were friends from childhood and youth, but broke in later life over Zola's fictionalized depiction of Cézanne in the novel L'Oeuvre (The Masterpiece, 1886).
In recent years, a painting by Cézanne sold for US$ 60.5 million, the fourth highest price in history for a painting.