The subject of this painting, the Montagne Sainte-Victoire, was Cezanne’s favourite landscapes. In different lights and from different viewpoints, he painted the mountain in watercolours and oils. This piece is painted in oils, using bright colours and his characteristic brushstrokes. Cezanne paints the mountain in the distance from across the quarry, looming above the orange rocks and green trees.
Mont Sainte-Victoire Seen from the Bibémus Quarry
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Date of work
Paul Cezanne Mont Sainte-Victoire Seen from the Bibémus Quarry c. 1895-1899 Oil on canvas 65.1 x 81.3 cm The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Cone Collection, formed by Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland, BMA 1950.196
Paul Cezanne (1839 – 1906) was a French artist who played a pivotal role in the development of modern art. As a Post-Impressionist painter, he developed his own characteristic style, with exploratory brushstrokes and close study of his subjects, painting still lifes, landscapes and portraits. Though he did not achieve much recognition until his later years, his practice had a lasting effect on modern painting, with both Matisse and Picasso among the many artists that cite him as an influence. In 1924, Tate became the first public museum in the United Kingdom to acquire Cezanne’s paintings, and they remain an important part of the collection.