Cézanne the Cartographer

Specht, D. 2021. Cézanne the Cartographer. in: Cartographies of the Imagination London pp. 90-91

Chapter titleCézanne the Cartographer
AuthorsSpecht, D.
Abstract

To map is to take a measure of the world, to take the shifting complexity and liveliness of society and turn it into something fixed and dead. From the middle ages onwards the role of the cartographer increasingly became that of a mathematician, transforming datasets into 2D and 3D artefacts, producing ‘truth documents’ to aid in navigation, the fighting of wars and controlling property ownership. The world was condemned from then to misrepresentation, and cartography became embroiled in pernicious geopolitics, colonial ambition and imperial wars. The role of the cartographer became a normative one, to reduce errors and create every more effective maps through good design, this was done through careful scientific approach to representation of distance, direction, and symbols that reveal data. Aiming not only to depict the world graphically, but also to reveal hidden or imperceptible ideas about the world around us, the map became seen as a factual record of the world, a functional tool, and a statement of fact.

KeywordsCartography
Cézanne
Maps
Book titleCartographies of the Imagination
Page range90-91
Year2021
Publication dates
Published01 Jul 2021
Place of publicationLondon
ISBN9781527283862
Web address (URL)https://cartographiesoftheimagination.com/Book

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