The Garden at Les Lauves (c. 1906) by Paul Cezanne

The Garden at Les Lauves - Cezanne, Paul - c

Artwork Information

TitleThe Garden at Les Lauves
ArtistPaul Cezanne
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions65.4 x 80.9 cm (25 3/4 x 31 7/8 in.)
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationThe Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
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About The Garden at Les Lauves

When looking at The Garden at Les Lauves, one can see the structural solidity and compositional harmony that are hallmarks of Cézanne’s art. This late work conveys pictorial space using lines parallel to the horizon, offering a view of the garden that is both expansive and controlled. It is believed to belong to the “constructions after nature” that Cézanne desired to pursue in his later years.

Cézanne’s expertise in capturing light and color is on full display in this landscape painting, which was painted in oil on canvas around 1906. The careful balance of warm and cool tones creates a sense of depth and atmosphere, with bursts of bright green foliage punctuating the more muted palette.

As an artist who sought to bridge the gap between Impressionism and Cubism, Cézanne’s focus on structure, form, and composition is evident in every brushstroke of The Garden at Les Lauves. It is a testament to his dedication to capturing nature while also pushing artistic boundaries with innovative techniques. Today, it remains a highly regarded example of modern art history for its beauty as well as its innovation.

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