Paul Cézanne (French, 1839-1906)
Framed - h:87.50 w:106.50 d:7.00 cm (h:34 7/16 w:41 7/8 d:2 3/4 inches)
Unframed - h:72.20 w:92.40 cm (h:28 3/8 w:36 3/8 inches)
Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr.
During the last twenty years of his life, Cézanne repeatedly painted the towering mountain of Sainte-Victoire near his home in Aix-en-Provence. Aiming to reform Impressionism by bringing order and structure to the study of nature, he created tightly integrated compositions of merging, intersecting planes. Here, a rising tree branch echoes the distant mountain slope, thereby relating foreground to background. Sensations of space are created through rhythmic patterns of warm and cool color.