Paul Cézanne - Chestnut trees at the Jas de Bouffan 1887

Chestnut trees at the Jas de Bouffan 1887
Chestnut trees at the Jas de Bouffan
1887 71x90cm oil/canvas
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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From Minneapolis Institute of Arts:
This painting represents an avenue on the grounds of Paul Cézanne's family estate in southern France in Aix-en-Provence. In this view, he 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.