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The Village of Gardanne (Le Village de Gardanne)

Paul Cézanne

European Art

This unfinished canvas is representative of the experimental style and radical pictorial vision that would inspire Paul Cézanne’s contemporaries as well as future generations of artists. Here, he rendered the village of Gardanne in his native Aix-en-Provence through a series of architectonic and organic forms, animated by the shift between cool and warm tones and expanses of unpainted base coat that convey a sense of light. In his highly constructed view, Cézanne omitted the factories and coal pits that surrounded Gardanne, instead selecting an angle that intensified the timeless presence of the church and its bell tower.
MEDIUM Oil and conté crayon on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1885–1886
    DIMENSIONS 36 1/4 x 28 13/16 in. (92.1 x 73.2 cm) Frame: 2 7/8 x 46 1/2 x 39 5/8 in. (7.3 x 118.1 x 100.6 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund and Alfred T. White Fund
    PROVENANCE Before 1913, purchased from the artist by Ambroise Vollard of Paris, France, no. 3877 or 3431; by May 7, 1913, acquired by Gottlieb Friedrich Reber of Lausanne, Switzerland; between 1913 and 1918, provenance not yet documented; before 1918, acquired by Hans Wendland of Paris, France and Berlin, Germany; February 24, 1922, purchased at Hôtel Drouot, Paris, "Liquidation des biens Richard Goetz, Wendland et Siegfried Hertz," no. 209 by Durand-Ruel, New York, NY; February 7, 1923, purchased from Durand-Ruel by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CAPTION Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906). The Village of Gardanne (Le Village de Gardanne), 1885–1886. Oil and conté crayon on canvas, 36 1/4 x 28 13/16 in. (92.1 x 73.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund and Alfred T. White Fund, 23.105 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 23.105_PS11.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 23.105_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2021
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