Woods with Millstone (1898-1900) by Paul Cezanne

Woods with Millstone - Paul Cezanne - 1894

Artwork Information

TitleWoods with Millstone
ArtistPaul Cezanne
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions73 x 92 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism

About Woods with Millstone

The artwork titled “Woods with Millstone” is a creation by the esteemed artist Paul Cezanne, dated to the year 1894. Executed in oil on canvas, this piece reflects the Post-Impressionist movement, which was characterized by a more subjective approach to painting compared to its immediate predecessor, Impressionism. The artwork itself measures 73 by 92 centimeters and is categorized as a landscape, a genre that Cezanne greatly contributed to with his unique style and approach.

“Woods with Millstone” exemplifies Paul Cezanne’s distinctive brushstrokes and his pivotal role in the transition from 19th-century artistic concepts to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. The painting presents a wooded scene dominated by thick green foliage. Brown and green hues intermingle to depict the dense forest environment. Amidst the trees, the brown and orange tones of the forest floor create a sense of the earthy terrain, possibly during the changing colors of autumn. Visible in the foreground is a millstone, lying on its side, partially obscured by the leaves and branches that surround it. This element, along with other geometrically shaped stones scattered around, adds a human presence to the otherwise natural vista.

Cezanne’s command of color and form is evident as he renders light and shadow to give volume and depth to the scene. The composition strays from strict naturalistic representation, hinting at the artist’s study of form and structure that would influence future generations of artists. Overall, the artwork encapsulates Cezanne’s innovative approach to capturing the essence of the landscape through the language of paint.

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