Mont Sainte-Victoire

Paul Cézanne (1839-1906): Mont Sainte-Victoire (c.1905-06)

This is one of the last landscapes of Mont Sainte-Victoire, favored by Cézanne at the end of his life… The view is rendered in what is essentially an abstract vocabulary. Rocks and trees are suggested by mere daubs of paint as opposed to being extensively depicted. The overall composition itself, however, is clearly representational and also follows in the ethos of Japanese prints. The looming mountain is reminiscent of a puzzle of various hues, assembled into a recognizable object. This and other such late works of Cézanne proved to be of a paramount importance to the emerging modernists, who sought to liberate themselves from the rigid tradition of pictorial depiction…

Paul Cézanne Mont Sainte-Victoire 1905-06

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