Boy Resting (1890) by Paul Cezanne

Boy Resting - Paul Cezanne - 1890

Artwork Information

TitleBoy Resting
ArtistPaul Cezanne
Date1890
Mediumoil,canvas
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationHammer Museum ( University of California), Los Angeles, CA, US
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About Boy Resting

The artwork titled “Boy Resting” is a creation of the renowned artist Paul Cezanne, dating back to the year 1890. Cezanne, who was a pivotal figure in the transition from 19th-century artistic concepts to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century, crafted this piece using oil on canvas. This genre painting is a reflection of the Post-Impressionist movement, a period which is marked by its focus on more symbolic content, abstraction, and a dynamic application of color and form. Currently, the artwork is housed at the Hammer Museum, which is associated with the University of California, located in Los Angeles, CA, US.

The artwork portrays a young boy lying down in an outdoor setting, seemingly at ease, with his head propped up on one hand while the other rests on the ground. His relaxed posture suggests a moment of rest or contemplation. He is dressed in a white shirt and grayish pants, and his gaze seems to be directed outwards, with an expression that could be construed as a mixture of introspection and casual observation. The background features serene tones and loose brushwork characteristic of Cezanne’s style, capturing the tranquil atmosphere of the landscape. Elements like the reflection in the water, the distinct outlines of the trees, and the subtly rendered details in the boy’s clothing and facial features, all contribute to this harmonious scene that is quintessentially Post-Impressionist, expressing both a sense of immediacy and timeless repose.

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