Paul Cezanne’s The House of the Hanged Man is a prominent landscape painting from his Auvers period. It is his best work and represents his transformation into Impressionism, which was a slow process for him. The scene presents an atmosphere of solitude with its cool color palette and complicated composition. This oil on canvas, signed by Cezanne in red paint, measures 21 x 26 inches.
The painting portrays a peaceful landscape with the house being the main subject. A tall tree stands alongside the house, providing balance to the composition. The sky has been painted in dull tones of blues and grays, contrasting with the lively colors on trees and bushes. The Hanged Man’s House was exhibited at the First Impressionist Exhibition in 1874 after it was bought for 200 francs by Comte Armand Doria in 1874.
As Cezanne’s first work ever sold, The House of the Hanged Man reveals his early efforts to pioneer quality artwork. Currently located at Musee d’Orsay Paris; there are masterful elements that define this piece above all others painted by Paul Cezanne due to their precision and economy of form within painterly explorations into light, color harmony theory as well as depth perception challenges such an artist faces regularly when portraying landscapes sans human figures.