Mont Sainte-Victoire (c. 1902) by Paul Cezanne

Mont Sainte-Victoire - Paul Cezanne - c.1906

Artwork Information

TitleMont Sainte-Victoire
ArtistPaul Cezanne
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions33 x 25 5/8 in (83.8 X 65 cm)
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Mont Sainte-Victoire

The artwork, “Mont Sainte-Victoire,” is an oil painting by Paul Cézanne created circa 1906. The canvas measures 33 by 25 5/8 inches (83.8 x 65 cm) and depicts a landscape genre scene. As part of the Mont Sainte-Victoire series, this piece exemplifies the influence of the Cubist movement, although it is worth noting that Cézanne is often associated with Post-Impressionism and his work inspired the development of Cubism. The artwork resides in a private collection.

In the artwork, Cézanne depicts the iconic Mont Sainte-Victoire, a recurring subject in his oeuvre, situated in Provence, France. The composition is broken down into geometric forms, a precursor to the Cubist style that would later draw inspiration from Cézanne’s spatial arrangements and deconstruction of natural forms. The mountain rises majestically in the background, commanding the scene with its robust presence and faceted surfaces, which capture the interplay of light and shadow. In the foreground, patches of lush and variegated greens, warm yellows, and earthy tones suggest a lively, pastoral landscape filled with trees, fields, and structures that blend seamlessly into the natural environment. The brushwork is visible and energetic, contributing to the sense of vibrancy and movement within the stillness of the geographic setting.

Cézanne’s treatment of both color and form created a sense of depth and solidity in the landscape that was innovative for its time. By breaking the view into color planes and exploring the perceptual process of seeing, Cézanne laid the groundwork for avant-garde movements that would revolutionize art in the 20th century. “Mont Sainte-Victoire” is thus a significant work that reflects the artist’s continual exploration of his surroundings and the formal elements of painting.

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