Synopsis by Betsy Boyd
Cezanne: Riddle of the Bathers, the documentary, explores painter Paul Cezanne's seeming obsession with the subject of bathers in his work. Considered the father of modernity, Cezanne created a prolific body of work in which naked figures frequently appear -- standing, sitting, and dancing. These nudes cleanse with water, splash in ponds, and pour blue streams from pitchers. The documentary explores this specific phenomenon, from the first appearance of a Cezanne bather to the reoccurrence of bather-centered scenes in the painter's later work. As the video's narrator unravels Cezanne's fascination with the wet and wading nude form, he leads the viewer on a video tour of beautiful modern art.