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Montagne Sainte-Victoire with Large Pine
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Montagne Sainte-Victoire with Large Pine

Circa 1887

Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)

Oil on canvas

Height: 66.8 cm ( canvas ); Width: 92.3 cm ( canvas ); Width: 119.8 cm ( frame ); Height: 94.2 cm ( frame ); Depth: 10 cm ( frame );


Signed, bottom right & recto, P.Cézanne

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Courtauld, Samuel; gift; 1934

About this work
The Montagne Sainte-Victoire, with its cragged broken top, stands east of Cézanne’s home town, Aix-en-Provence. Cézanne painted the mountain on many occasions throughout his career. For him it came to symbolise his home, and the landscapes of his native Provence.

Cézanne’s landscape is based on his observations from a particular vantage point, some eight miles west of Aix, over the valley of the Arc. It is one of several versions of the same view. In this painting, the view has been cropped so that the pines are only visible at the left and top sides. Their branches follow the contours of the Montagne Sainte-Victoire. By this device, and by focusing on a small section of the plain before him, Cézanne makes the distant mountain seem closer and larger. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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