Bibemus Quarry (Carriere de Bibemus) (1898) by Paul Cezanne

Bibemus Quarry (Carriere de Bibemus) - Paul Cezanne - c.1900

Artwork Information

TitleBibemus Quarry (Carriere de Bibemus)
ArtistPaul Cezanne
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions65 x 81 cm
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationThe Barnes Foundation, Merion, Pennsylvania

About Bibemus Quarry (Carriere de Bibemus)

The artwork titled “Bibemus Quarry,” crafted by the eminent artist Paul Cezanne around 1900, represents a paradigm of the nascent Cubist art movement. This oil on canvas masterpiece measures 65 by 81 centimeters and falls within the genre of paysage, or landscape. The piece is part of the distinguished collection at The Barnes Foundation, located in Merion, Pennsylvania.

“Bibemus Quarry” showcases Cezanne’s pivotal role in the transition from 19th-century Impressionism to the birth of 20th-century Cubism. The composition depicts a rocky landscape, possibly a former quarry with its warm hues of terracotta and ochre juxtaposed with the cool greens and blues of the vegetative surroundings. Cezanne’s mastery is evident in the structured brushstrokes and the interplay of light and shadows that create a sense of volume and depth in the rocks and foliage. His technique of using color and form to convey spatial relations preceded and undoubtedly influenced the geometric simplifications of Cubism. The artwork invites contemplation on nature’s permanence amidst human activity, as the abandoned quarry merges back into the earth from whence it was excavated.

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