The Brook (c.1898 – 1900) by Paul Cezanne

The Brook - Paul Cezanne - c.1898 - 1900

Artwork Information

TitleThe Brook
ArtistPaul Cezanne
Datec.1898 - 1900
Mediumoil
Dimensions59.2 x 81 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationCleveland Museum of Art (CMA), Cleveland, OH, US
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About The Brook

“The Brook” is an oil painting by Paul Cezanne, created in the time frame of 1898 to 1900. Classified within the genre of landscape, this work exemplifies the Post-Impressionism art movement. The artwork measures 59.2 by 81 cm and is currently housed in the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) located in Cleveland, Ohio, United States.

The artwork portrays a serene and lush landscape centered around a gently flowing brook. Cezanne’s application of paint is characteristic of his technique, with thick, deliberate strokes that construct the scenery through patches of color, suggesting form and depth. A vast array of greens intertwines with earthen tones and the reflective blues of the water to create a tapestry of nature that simultaneously fragments and unifies the scene. The interplay of light and shadow is captured through contrasting hues and tints, giving vitality to the foliage and water, while also conveying the tranquility of the secluded brook. The composition, lacking clear linear perspectives, favors the juxtaposition of color planes and the harmony of natural elements, inviting the viewer to contemplate the intrinsic beauty and structure of the landscape. Cezanne’s innovative style paved the way for future developments in modern art, and this piece is a testament to his influence on the trajectory of visual expression.

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