Mont Sainte-Victoire (1885-1887) by Paul Cezanne

Mont Sainte-Victoire - Paul Cezanne - c.1906

Artwork Information

TitleMont Sainte-Victoire
ArtistPaul Cezanne
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions26 x 35 3/8 in
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationPrivate Collection
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About Mont Sainte-Victoire

Paul Cézanne painted Mont Sainte-Victoire, a limestone mountain in southern France overlooking Aix-en-Provence, about thirty times. The artist aimed to bring order and structure to Impressionism by creating tightly integrated compositions of merging and intersecting planes. During the last two decades of his life, Cézanne repeatedly painted the mountain. He created one of the grandest pictures of Mont Sainte-Victoire by enlarging the canvas to extend views in the foreground and on the right.

Cézanne’s paintings of Mont Sainte-Victoire use richer and darker colors in some cases. Rocks and trees are suggested by mere paint daubs instead of being extensively depicted, indicating his aim at using suggestive brushwork instead of explicit forms. The mountain had symbolic appeal in that region due to its link with ancient Roman victory events alongside a few early Christian festivals.

Japanese prints inspire some famous series paintings attributed to Paul Cézanne’s Mont Sainte-Victoire artworks creations. These works depict numerous variations on a single naturalistic set subject done over different real-world seasons or light cycles while implementing different foci points alternations within composition format conventions.

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