Mont Sainte-Victoire with a Large Pine: Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne: Mont Sainte-Victoire with a Large Pine

French artist Paul Cézanne spent a lot of time in Provence, the setting of his 1887 painting Mont Sainte-Victoire with a Large Pine. The picture is part of an artistically revolutionary oeuvre that shows signs of development beyond Impressionism and looks forward to Cubism with individual elements standing out independently.

However, the fracturing of the picture space is not evident here. A traditional element is the positioning of the pine of the title which frames the picture and pushes back (repoussoir effect) the landscape.

Paul Cezanne’s Mont Sainte-Victoire with a Large Pine is in the Courtauld Institute of Art in London

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