This watercolour view of the Montagne Sainte-Victoire, a mountain near to Cezanne’s home in Aix-en-Provence, is part of Tate’s collection. After 1885, the mountain became the artist’s favourite landscape to paint, depicting it in different media, from a variety of positions and light conditions. This view was painted from a steeply-terraced slope above his studio. The artist Emile Bernard, an early disciple of Cezanne, described Cezanne’s methods for the painting: ‘He began with the shadows and with a touch, which he covered with a second more extensive touch, then with a third, until all these tints, forming a mesh, both coloured and modelled the object’.
Montagne Sainte Victoire
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Date of work
Paul Cezanne Montagne Sainte Victoire 1905-6 Watercolour on paper 36 × 55 cm Tate. Bequeathed by Sir Hugh Walpole 1941
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.