Paul Cézanne is considered the father of modern art because he was the first artist of his generation to successfully break away from Impressionism. Cézanne was a forerunner to the Cubism of Picasso of and his work became a catalyst for the abstract art of the 20th century. At first Cezanne didn't want to paint like other Impressionists, he thought their work was too chaotic and loose for him, but he also didn't like to paint classically structured work. He decided on painting solid shapes and figures while using bold, lifelike colors of the Impressionists. He was most successful in painting landscapes, portraits and still life work.