Mont Sainte-Victoire Seen from Les Lauves (1904-06) by Paul Cezanne

Mont Sainte-Victoire Seen from Les Lauves - Paul Cezanne - c.1906

Artwork Information

TitleMont Sainte-Victoire Seen from Les Lauves
ArtistPaul Cezanne
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions26 x 32 1/8 in. (66 x 81.5 cm)
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationPrivate collection, Switzerland

About Mont Sainte-Victoire Seen from Les Lauves

The artwork “Mont Sainte-Victoire Seen from Les Lauves” is a distinguished painting by artist Paul Cézanne, created circa 1906. This oil on canvas masterpiece is a part of the Mont Sainte-Victoire series, which captures varying views of the Provençal landscape. Measuring 26 by 32 1/8 inches (66 x 81.5 cm), it exemplifies the landscape genre and aligns with the principles of Cubism, an art movement focused on abstracting forms and perspectives. Currently, the painting is situated in a private collection in Switzerland.

The artwork portrays the rugged terrain of the Mont Sainte-Victoire with an array of brushstrokes that suggest a shifting perspective, a hallmark of Cézanne’s approach to visual perception. The composition is balanced with fore, middle, and backgrounds that give a depth to the scene. The mountain itself is depicted with angular, intersecting planes of color, foreshadowing the geometric fragmentation associated with Cubism. The foreground features a relatively less defined cluster of trees, while the canvas is suffused with a sense of atmospheric light, indicative of the time of day and the unique quality of the air in the region. The color palette combines earthy tones with greens and blues, underlining the natural setting and Cézanne’s astute observation of the landscape’s color variations. Overall, the painting provides a multifaceted view that captures both the solidity of the massif and the transient nature of the light and weather that envelope it.

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