38-6 | European Painting and Sculpture

Painting - French


Paul Cézanne , French , French, 1839 - 1906
Mont Sainte-Victoire, ca. 1902-1906

Oil on canvas
Unframed: 25 1/8 x 32 1/8 inches (63.82 x 81.6 cm) Framed: 34 1/2 x 40 5/8 x 3 1/4 inches (87.63 x 103.19 x 8.26 cm)

Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust

Gallery Location: L5

Gallery Label

Gallery Label
Paul Cézanne French, 1839-1906 Mont Sainte-Victoire, ca. 1902-1906 Oil on canvas

From the 1880s until his death, Cézanne was fascinated with Mont Sainte-Victoire, a mountain near Aix-en-Provence in southern France. Cézanne abandoned traditional means of representation, such as the use of perspective to indicate a gradual recession from foreground to background, and descriptive drawing to indicate details. Instead, he emphasized the painted surface by bringing the background and middle ground forward to the same, flat plane as the foreground. Cézanne accentuated this effect by indicating form and space through the juxtaposition of small, colored patches of paint laid side by side. This quasi-abstract style would become influential in the development of Cubism.

Purchase: Nelson Trust, 38-6

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