Paul Cézanne / Chestnut Trees at the Jas de Bouffan / 1885 - 1886Paul Cézanne
Chestnut Trees at the Jas de Bouffan
1885 - 1886

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Creator Name: Cézanne, Paul
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: painter
Creator Dates/Places: 1839 - 1906
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Paul Cézanne
Title: Chestnut Trees at the Jas de Bouffan
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1885
Creation End Date: 1886
Creation Date: 1885 - 1886
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: H.27-3/4 x W.35-5/16 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 49.9
Credit Line: The William Hood Dunwoody Fund

This painting represents an avenue on the grounds of Paul Cézanne's family estate in southern France in Aix-en-Provence. In the 1880s, Cézanne set an unusual challenge for himself. He wanted to portray his native landscape with all its specifics of weather, light, and atmosphere, but he also wished to reveal the immutable geometries of nature.

Here, Cézanne carefully recorded the color and light of the wintry scene, with its tracery of bare branches against the sky. To create an ordered pictorial design, he selected this particular view, emphasizing its rigorous horizontal and vertical structures. In depicting the chestnut trees, he employed multiple viewpoints; this collapses depth, meshing the two parallel rows of trees into a web that seems to exist in one plane. This characteristic innovation produced a rhythmic synthesis of form in both two and three dimensions.

Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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