Montagne Sainte-Victoire with Large Pine
Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)
Oil on canvas
Height: 66.8 cm ( canvas ); Width: 92.3 cm ( canvas ); Height: 94.2 cm ( frame ); Depth: 10 cm ( frame ); Width: 119.8 cm ( frame );
Signed, bottom right, recto, P.Cézanne
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.
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