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Paintings by Paul Cezanne


L'Estaque: View of the Bay of Marseilles by Paul Cezanne
L'Estaque: View of the Bay of Marseilles by Paul Cezanne housed at the
L'Estaque: View of the Bay of Marseilles by Paul Cezanne housed at the

L'Estaque: View of the Bay of Marseilles by Paul Cézanne was completed between 1878 and 1879, and depicts L'Estaque, a small coastal village on the Mediterranean to the west of Marseilles. Cézanne's mother owned a house there, and the painter visited several times to paint views of the bay. Cézanne deliberately flattened the planes of the panoramic landscape in L'Estaque: View of the Bay of Marseilles; noting that the blinding illumination of the sun reduced all forms to silhouettes, Cézanne presented the features of the view as simple forms.

Like all artists, Paul Cézanne found himself returning to certain scenes and images. On the next page we'll examine a painting that shares its subject with several others that Cézanne completed over the years.

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