May 8, 2017
Oct 15, 2007

The Pigeon Tower at Bellevue

The Pigeon Tower at Bellevue


Paul Cézanne

(French, 1839–1906)

Oil on fabric

Framed: 95.5 x 113 x 7 cm (37 5/8 x 44 1/2 x 2 3/4 in.); Unframed: 65.6 x 81.5 cm (25 13/16 x 32 1/16 in.)

The James W. Corrigan Memorial 1936.19

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Cézanne’s method of compressing space and simplifying forms into flattened, geometric shapes provided the foundation for both Fauvism and Cubism.


Cézanne was among the first artists to break with Impressionism and replace its interest in atmospheric effects with a new emphasis on geometric structure. Between 1888 and 1892, he painted two views of the pigeon tower at his brother-in-law's house in Bellevue, a small town in southern France. To make the tower the focal point of the composition, Cézanne exaggerated its cylindrical shape, extending it upward and to the left.

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