Paul Cézanne - The Fishermen. Fantastic Scene 1875

The Fishermen. Fantastic Scene 1875
The Fishermen. Fantastic Scene
1875 55x81cm oil/canvas
The Metropolitan Museum New York

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From The Metropolitan Museum New York:
The critic Georges Rivière admired this painting at the 1877 Impressionist exhibition, writing: "It is strikingly majestic and extraordinarily calm. It seems that the scene takes place in [Cézanne's] memory while he turns the pages of his life." The composite image of fishermen and elegantly attired strollers along a sunlit shore derives from paintings of outdoor leisure by Manet and Monet from the 1860s, and harkens back to pastoral prototypes that Cézanne admired in the work of the Venetian painters Giorgione, Titian, and Veronese.