Cezanne made several paintings of the view over the fishing village of L’Estaque, to the west of Marseilles, from different angles and in different light conditions. This piece, in oils, features a wide expanse of tranquil looking sea behind the buildings, with snaking trees in the foreground of the painting. The artist spent much of the 1870s and 1880s in the region, giving him opportunity to explore the view in all conditions.
The Sea at L’Estaque behind Trees
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Paul Cezanne The Sea at L’Estaque behind Trees 1878-79 Oil on canvas 73 x 92 cm Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Adrien Didierjean
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.