Monday, July 9, 2012

Montagne Sainte-Victoire by Paul Cezanne

'Montagne Sainte-Victoire' by Paul Cezanne

Cezanne rightly deserves his prominent position in art history. The land contains both buildings and fields, which create tight angular patterns in the bottom third of the image. The mountain stands in contrast to those angular shapes. The shapes within the mountain are soft like material, even though we know rock to be hard and structured. This is the softest part of the image and Cezanne could have painted it in many different ways, but he chooses to soften the mountain and harden the land. Cezanne painted this site many times and in different images the mountain is softened. These are realistic images, yet they also express something of the artist. They do not only reveal the mountain, they reveal the man. 

'Montagne Sainte-Victoire' by Paul Cezanne

They reveal an emotional attachment to the area. He created a large body of work featuring this landscape, which already suggests a highly emotional connection. Just viewing the work encourages you to visit. It isn't just the beautiful scene. Cezanne is revealing his love for the area and when you view these images, you see the location through his loving gaze. He reveals his connection, rather than just a mountain.
  
'Montagne Sainte-Victoire' by Paul Cezanne

'Montagne Sainte-Victoire' by Paul Cezanne

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