After Cézanne is a sequence of fifty-six poems exploring the life and work of the post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne. Reimagining his friendships with Zola and Pissarro, his impact on Matisse and Picasso, as well as his posthumous reputation, Maitreyabandhu celebrates Cézanne’s apples and card players in poems at once tender, urgent and amused. The book includes twenty-five colour reproductions, a preface by Christopher Lloyd (Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, 1988-2005) and extensive textual notes. After Cézanne is Maitreyabandhu’s third collection.
‘Seeking out a natural gift for Christmas? Try After Cézanne, a marvellous bringing together of paintings with poems in response both to the works themselves and to their maker, Paul Cézanne. This book offers us good reproductions of the paintings, poems which seem to shadow them, and just enough about the man himself to enable us to feel thoroughly rooted in his life. Part biography, part critical interpretation, part self-revelation, this delightful gathering, written by Maitreyabandhu, a Buddhist monk, is extraordinarily engaging and readable.’ – Michael Glover, The Tablet (Poetry Books for Christmas 2019)
‘…a verse biography is something new. But Maitreyabandhu’s After Cézanne moves from the life to the work and back again to examine the post-impressionist painter’s development. Packed with full-colour plates, with an introduction by art historian Christopher Lloyd, it also draws on the poet’s own art school training. The writing is quiet, subtle, and makes the kind of surprising turns that are the mark of fine verse...Colour combines with contemplation in Cézanne’s work “worshipping / pine shadows and grapes”, and also in Maitreyabandhu’s profound and beautiful homage to “some other-seeing beyond / the binaries, a thirdness to the world.”’ – Fiona Sampson, The Guardian
‘Bloodaxe have already published several colour-illustrated poetry collections, and this response to “the Master of Aix” is one of their best: the large square format helps, allowing breathing space for poems and twenty-five paintings (these have been very well reproduced)… As guides to Cézanne’s pictures, the poems frequently illuminate, but they work on their own too, edging towards strict form in imaginative ways, attentive to line break and to fruitful – in every sense – ambiguity.’ – John Greening, Times Literary Supplement
‘A resoundingly authentic collection with no lapses in concentration. Maitreyabandhu’s understanding of Cézanne and his motivation are endlessly persuasive without ever crossing into presumption. A rich and intense book, unashamed of its erudition and its powerfully keen sight.’ – Sasha Dugdale
‘All the aspects of Cézanne’s ordeal are fused together in Maitreyabandhu’s remarkable poems in which the varied forms of composition and wide range of reference provide a refreshingly unique insight into Cézanne’s art. What is achieved here is an incomparable poetic expression of the artist’s personal idiosyncrasies and manifold achievements.’ – Christopher Lloyd (Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures 1988-2005)
‘These remarkable poems remind us of the close kinship between painting and poetry. Maitreyabandhu shares insights into Cézanne that can, perhaps, only be grasped through poetry. The poems speak eloquently of Cézanne’s art and of the experience of trying to comprehend a great artist.’ – Barnaby Wright, Deputy Head of the Courtauld Gallery, London
Maitreyabandhu reads 'The Apple's Progress'
This video shows Cézanne's painting 'Le Buffet' (1877) complemented by Maitreyabandhu's reading of his poem 'The Apple's Progress' from After Cézanne.
Maitreyabandhu reads 'Rilke Writes to His Wife from the Salon D'Automne'
This video shows Cézanne's painting 'Madame Cézanne in Blue' (1888-90) complemented by Maitreyabandhu's reading of his poem 'Rilke Writes to His Wife from the Salon d' Automne' (Paris VI, 29 Rue Cassette, 13th October 1907) from After Cézanne.
Wiith 26 full colour illustrations (click on VIEW EXTRACT tab for examples)