Foliage (1895-1900) by Paul Cezanne

Foliage - Paul Cezanne - c.1900

Artwork Information

ArtistPaul Cezanne
MediumWatercolor on Paper
Dimensions17 5/8 x 22 3/8 in. (44.8 x 56.8 cm)
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, NY, US

About Foliage

The artwork titled “Foliage” by Paul Cezanne is a watercolor on paper from around 1900, embodying the Post-Impressionism movement. Measuring 17 5/8 x 22 3/8 inches (44.8 x 56.8 cm), this flower painting is part of the collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, NY, US.

“Foliage” showcases the distinct, gestural brushstrokes of Paul Cezanne, a master of Post-Impressionism, revealing his ability to transform a conventional subject into a symphony of color and form. The artwork is characterized by an array of overlapping green hues, melding together to depict the lushness and vibrancy of plants. The leaves and petals appear to dance across the canvas, their organic shapes deftly captured with Cezanne’s quick and confident watercolor techniques. Contrasts of shadow and highlight give dimension to the foliage, while occasional dabs of yellow and touches of red add warmth and depth. Situated on a pale, neutral background, the cluster of greenery dominates the composition, inviting the viewer to contemplate the simplicity yet profound beauty of nature as interpreted through Cezanne’s pioneering artistic vision.

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