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

About Mont Sainte-Victoire

The artwork “Mont Sainte-Victoire” is a seminal piece created by Paul Cezanne circa 1906. Painted with oil on canvas, it represents the landscape genre within the art movement of Cubism, although Cezanne’s work is more often associated with Post-Impressionism and he is considered a precursor to Cubism. The dimensions of the artwork are 26 by 35 3/8 inches, and it forms part of the “Mont Sainte-Victoire” series. Currently, this particular piece belongs to a private collection.

The artwork depicts the breathtaking, rugged form of Mont Sainte-Victoire rising majestically in the background with its blue and white tones shadowing the surrounding countryside. The foreground is an exquisite tapestry of golden yellows, rich greens, and earthy browns, suggesting agricultural fields and patches of vegetation. The varying brushstrokes create a dynamic patchwork that captures the essence of the landscape, bridging the gap between the viewer’s perception and the artist’s vision. Cezanne’s treatment of light and color foretells the geometric simplifications that would later be hallmarks of Cubism, even though his work is inherently rooted in the exploration of form and color characteristic of Post-Impressionism. The artwork’s shifting perspectives and the juxtaposition of planes speak to the artist’s innovative approach to capturing the complexities of nature on canvas.

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