Paul Cézanne painted Young Italian Girl Resting on Her Elbow in oil on canvas between 1895 and 1900. This painting is in the collection of the Getty Center in Los Angeles.
What is depicted in Young Italian Girl Resting on Her Elbow?
The painting shows a young girl, leaning on a table on which a multi-colored fabric with oriental patterns is spread.
Young Italian Girl Resting on Her Elbow – Analysis
Cézanne was committed to the long process of working on the painting. That work was based on the principles of unifying what he sees and what he feels and thinks about the model he is painting and the environment that surrounds him. In portraits, he begins to apply the technique he developed in landscape painting. The technique of the so-called constructive brushstrokes. This technique involves arranging patches of paint of similar size in parallel or diagonal directions, treating the figure and face of the portrayed person and the objects in his environment in the same way. During his long career, Cézanne almost always portrayed people from his immediate environment. These were usually family members or friends.
Cézanne painted Lady in Blue around 1900 in the same setting in which he painted Young Italian Girl Resting on Her Elbow. Lady in Blue is in the collection of the State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg.