Growing up with diabetes makes you more aware of the people that this illness affects on a daily basis. And a lot of the time, as a society we look to celebrities and people of importance in order to get inspiration and to gain confidence.
Paul Cezanne was a french painter. He suffered from diabetes at a late age and it can not be confirmed whether it was due to Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes.
For the past week I have been flipping through a book called The World of Cezanne and I have found it to be rather interesting and filled with art that could captivate the world. And it did captivate the art world.
Pablo Picasso said that this man was “the father to us all,” and Cezanne is also have said to be the inventor of modern expressionism. Basically this guy was totally awesome at what he did. His art was different which is why people enjoyed him.
Cezanne’s artwork was different, but it was also easy to adapt. He used huge globs of paint and then began to look at an image and see shapes, once he would see these shapes he would simplify them for his paintings. Other artists did not like this and even eventually tried to ban him due to his differences from other artists.
“On October 15, 1906, Cezanne caught a cold while painting outdoors, during a heavy rainstorm. Drenched and chilled he walked toward his home, but collapsed on the road, most likely suffering from a diabetic coma. He was found by a driver of a laundry cart, and was taken home. Paul Cezanne died of pneumonia and complication from diabetes, on October 22, 1906, in Provence, and was laid to rest in the old cemetery of his hometown of Aix-en-Provence, France. By the time of his death, Cezanne had attained the status of a legendary figure.” By DLife Article: Paul Cezanne Biography by dlife staff.
Cezanne single-handedly changed the world of art forever. He saw shapes which helped artists to break a photo down. He saw things that other artists did not see.
Other famous diabetic artists include Shepard Fairey who famously painted the poster of President Barack Obama with HOPE written underneath. He is a famous street and graphic artist.
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston said that he is one of the most influential and best known street artists. Some of his work is featured in The Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.
What makes Fairey so great is how upfront he is with his diabetes. dlife says that when he DJs at clubs Fairey often goes by the names DJ Diabetes or Emcee Insulin (which is awesome). Although there is some speculation about his health, and possible blindness, I believe in the good things for this man. I think that he’ll be just fine.
Murphy, Richard W., and Paul Cézanne. The World of Cézanne, 1839-1906. New York: Time-Life, 1968. Print.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shepard_Fairey is where I found the information on Fairey, I know teachers always say, ‘don’t use wikipedia,’ but I always use wiki (there’s sources at the bottom as well)!