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The Village of Gardanne (Le Village de Gardanne)

Paul Cézanne

European Art

On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
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
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in European Art Galleries, 5th floor
    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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