The Buffet (1877) by Paul Cezanne

The Buffet - Paul Cezanne - 1877

Artwork Information

TitleThe Buffet
ArtistPaul Cezanne
Date1877
Mediumoil,canvas
Dimensions65 x 81 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
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About The Buffet

“The Buffet” is a captivating still life oil painting on canvas created by the renowned artist Paul Cézanne in 1877. It occupies a significant place within the Impressionist movement. Measuring 65 by 81 centimeters, the artwork skillfully depicts a casual arrangement of tableware and food, exuding a sense of everyday elegance.

The artwork presents a rich assortment of objects on a buffet table, manifesting Cézanne’s distinct approach to color and light. A white tablecloth with crisp folds invites the viewer’s gaze to a juxtaposition of fruit, including a cluster of oranges that radiate with vibrant hues, next to a stack of pink-fleshed biscuits. A wine bottle, partially obscured by shadow, suggests depth and contributes to the overall composition. Delicate ceramic ware, a cup, and a sugar bowl perch atop the buffet, reflecting the ambient light. There’s also a glass containing a blue substance, adding a hint of cool color to the warm tableau. The artwork embodies the everyday simplicity and tangible texture that is characteristic of Cézanne’s still lifes, making it a pivotal piece of the Impressionist canon.

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