Paul Cézanne's 172nd Birthday : Story Behind Google's Doodle

Jan 19, 2011 • 7:58 am | comments (54) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Logos
 

If you go to Google today on pretty much all the versions, Google.com or a localized version of Google, you will find a special Google logo, also known as a Google Doodle. This Google logo is for Paul Cezanne, it is his 172nd birthday today and for the day, Google posted a special logo commemorating his life and work.

He was born today in 1839 and died on October 22, 1906. He was known for his art and painting, specific notable works include Apothose de Delacroix, The Bathers, Mont Sainte-Victoire, Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier, and The Basket of Apples.

The Google Doodle today was actually first painted by a Googler named Mike Dutton as a real oil painting and then reconstructed in digital format. That is right, they first took out a canvas and oil paints and made this the old fashion way.

Here is the logo as seen on Google's home page:

Czanne's 172nd Birthday

But Google tweeted this morning saying:

Today is Paul Cezanne's 172nd bday. To inform our homepage homage, we made a real oil painting first. Enjoy!

They then linked to a picture of the real painting. Here it is:

Today is Paul Cezanne's 172nd bday. To inform our homepage homage, we made a real oil painting first

Not bad!

Forum discussion at Google Blogoscoped Forums.

Update: The Googler who painted and designed this logo is named Mike Dutton. Google told me, "unfortunately, the doodle is not for sale." You can learn more about Mike Dutton on his web site duttonart.net.

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Comments:

Samiam893

01/19/2011 01:33 pm

love it

Curious Georgia

01/19/2011 01:35 pm

What is the name of this painting?

Barry Schwartz

01/19/2011 01:37 pm

Honestly, kinda seems like a mixture of some of the still life paintings, like the basket of apples. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_C%C3%A9zanne#Still_life_paintings

Deneen

01/19/2011 01:42 pm

I love the colors, it is so pretty and would look beautiful on any dining room wall!

Koko1mydog

01/19/2011 01:48 pm

This SUCKS! BALLS!!

DairyAdviser

01/19/2011 01:50 pm

Love the approach Google folks. You often bring a smile to my face in the AM. Thanks

Roberta

01/19/2011 01:50 pm

Love it. creative idea. Look forward to reviewing your site each day. If everyone would take the time to reflect on how they might do something differently to create a better and more interesting result and (then follow through in a quality manner) we would take major leaps forward

Bradymatthewwagner

01/19/2011 01:51 pm

I dont see the word "google" in it

Amused

01/19/2011 01:52 pm

Pretty neat! Your googlers are talented. I clicked through a bunch of Cezanne's still lifes, looking to see if this was fashioned after one of his in particular... maybe a cool touch would've been to add a skull to it?! a still LIFE of fruit with a SKULL?! Amusingly oxymoronic. But we are celebrating his LIFE here, not his death, right? :) So just stick with the fruit...

Barry Schwartz

01/19/2011 01:52 pm

It's there, just very abstract.

Avaproductions1

01/19/2011 01:52 pm

That's very interesting! I enjoyed this article as much as tickling my little brother, Bob.

Oliverwaterman

01/19/2011 01:52 pm

although nothing ever painted by Cezanne, the subject matter and color styles match very well. However; the brush strokes are much to0 broad to be one of Cezannes. But you all ready know that.

Frank90zbaby

01/19/2011 01:56 pm

i think the skull is a great idea it would have looked nice in the picture

Ptm12983

01/19/2011 01:58 pm

Ah, now I see the 'google'; very nice.

Frank90zbaby

01/19/2011 01:59 pm

wtf

Mikemcconnell5

01/19/2011 02:04 pm

I look forward to the interesting doodles by Google but its not hitting the mark when you dont see the word Google in it clearly.

angela

01/19/2011 02:08 pm

preciate the information on him. I was not aware of this specific artist but learn something new everyday.

Paula Myers

01/19/2011 02:08 pm

I was immediately in love with it and wondered where I could buy it. My husband will be returning home after a bone marrow transplant for a hundred day quarantine and this would really brighten up our sterile kitchen. Is it for sale and not too expensive?

LMills259

01/19/2011 02:08 pm

Skulls were pretty common in earlier Renaissance paintings, as a reminder of the transience of life. It was a Christian thing saying, yeah, life's good now, but remember you'll have to settle up when you meet your maker. I suspect later works with skulls are a nod to that tradition.

Barry Schwartz

01/19/2011 02:10 pm

I am not sure. You might want to try to ask a Google representative that question at http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Web+Search/browse?hl=en

guest

01/19/2011 02:12 pm

Great graphic!

Orbitary

01/19/2011 02:24 pm

I painted this. I entitled it "your mom"

Picturem

01/19/2011 02:27 pm

Best of luck to your husband. I was a donor a few years ago. GL on finding this to brighten up your kitchen.

DeLyRo

01/19/2011 02:27 pm

That was uncalled for.

Lcsolo2

01/19/2011 02:32 pm

VERY COOL.

Cdcartier

01/19/2011 02:36 pm

Thanks for the publicity of my namesake! :) -Cezanne C.

Jmlang716

01/19/2011 02:40 pm

Actually, the elements of this picture DO reflect various works by Cezanne. Just do a Google image search on Cezanne, and you will find he has painted very similar plates of peaches and cherries, as well as very similar pots, vases, and jars. The artist simply took elements from different paintings and put them together into one image.

Mima

01/19/2011 02:48 pm

i love this and would also be interested in purchasing a copy!

sale987

01/19/2011 02:52 pm

I look forward to being exposed to something new through Google Doodles each day. This may be one of the most creative Google Doodles I've seen!

Chitra

01/19/2011 03:09 pm

Very creative!

Jo

01/19/2011 04:46 pm

I absolutely love it. the fact that it is creative and informative...could this be something new for Google, to inspire us daily to expand our learning beyond what we would normally search for???

Annette Everett

01/19/2011 04:55 pm

Does the Google artist have a name? We should give credit where credit is due! Great job, Google artist!

Syed Zaheeruddin

01/19/2011 05:09 pm

Absolutely amazing work by google arstist and very innovative hats off u .................

Marigold Brown

01/19/2011 05:12 pm

You should do this more often.So budding artist can get a look in a?

Rebaus

01/19/2011 05:26 pm

Cool . . love the idea, however, would appreciate a link from the logo page to make easier access to the riddle.

An admirer

01/19/2011 05:36 pm

I hope the google artist will do more work using vibrant colours to keep our spirits high throughout our gardenless winters :0(. It just brightens my day when I see all the personalities of the dishes, especially the pouting sugar pot in the corner with the open frog mouth.

SunPainter

01/19/2011 05:50 pm

What is the name of the person who did the painting?

Barry Schwartz

01/19/2011 05:52 pm

I have contacted Google to find out. I will update this post if/when I hear.

Barry Schwartz

01/19/2011 05:52 pm

I have contacted Google to find out. I will update this post if/when I hear.

Barry Schwartz

01/19/2011 05:52 pm

I have contacted Google to find out. I will update this post if/when I hear.

Dingding227

01/19/2011 06:57 pm

I don't get this "art" crap. 99% of those paintings are hot garbage that my daughter can paint.

Tgrignon

01/19/2011 07:01 pm

You've got a very apt name there

Joshj398

01/19/2011 07:08 pm

fuck me your daughters a world renound artist ?

Barry Schwartz

01/19/2011 07:28 pm

I updated this story with information about the Googler who designed it and where you can learn more about him. Google said the logo is not for sale...

Cezzanne_58

01/19/2011 07:28 pm

Dingding: Well, we're waiting for your daughter to paint a Cezanne...of course what would be the point? She wouldn't be changing the course of Western art history by simply copying a work by Cezanne. As regards determining what is or is not "fine art", just because one has eyes doesn't presuppose they can look at a painting and understand it. I have ears, but I don't understand Bach. Does that make his work "hot garbage" and something "my kid could write"? I could attend a musical appreciation course if I had the desire to discover what Bach was all about, but I'd never be arrogant enough to characterize his work as "hot garbage" before doing so. That would be an act of sheer ignorance! I understand your feelings, however, but you must understand that regarding the appreciation of the work in any creative discipline, requires a study of the history of the discipline to truly understand and appreciate what the context, reason and contribution of a work produced in that discipline is. I'm an educated artist who studied art history and it shouldn't be a surprise that I feel Cezanne is deservedly in the pantheon of great artists. He was a pioneering Modernist (for reasons you could explore if you so desired) and Modernism ran it's course sometime in the Mid-Twentieth century. Having said all that...I could agree with you if you insisted that the largest percentage of the work we see in contemporary art museums and galleries today is "hot garbage" as the so-called "art world" has been politicized with the poison of cultural Marxist theory and Maoist Political Correctness due to the fact that it has been spoon-fed to young, gullible art students by their tenured professors in University art departments everywhere!

Scooterboy

01/19/2011 07:48 pm

at first i thought someone in the family had hi jacked my netbook. A sin punishable by extreme forms of torture (no ice cream or chocolate for a week) Glad to discover it was a Google Doodle( so were the kids, who all breathed a collective sigh of relief) Really nice idea, thanks for that.

Barry Schwartz

01/19/2011 07:50 pm

I updated this story with information about the Googler who designed it and where you can learn more about him. Google said the logo is not for sale...

Barry Schwartz

01/19/2011 07:50 pm

I updated this story with information about the Googler who designed it and where you can learn more about him. Google said the logo is not for sale...

Barry Schwartz

01/19/2011 07:50 pm

I updated this story with information about the Googler who designed it and where you can learn more about him. Google said the logo is not for sale...

Barry Schwartz

01/19/2011 07:51 pm

I updated this story with information about the Googler who designed it and where you can learn more about him. Google said the logo is not for sale...

Allisonthb

01/19/2011 07:53 pm

Like it? Love it? Oh yes, definitely!

Scooterstarboy

01/19/2011 07:56 pm

do you reall regard your daughters art work as hot garbage? Bet she loves being encouraged by you, eh?

Romeo Catap

01/20/2011 01:29 am

Wow, this is great! Creativity before time!

Kaorineji

01/20/2011 02:42 pm

this is beautiful!! yeah the guy who painted this is myy cousin :) good job mike!! :)

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