Paul Cézanne - Montagne Sainte-Victoire with large pine 1887

Montagne Sainte-Victoire with large pine 1887
Montagne Sainte-Victoire with large pine
1887 67x92cm oil/canvas
The Phillips Memorial Gallery, United States

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From The Phillips Memorial Gallery:
Paul Cézanne linked the classical and traditional aspirations of the nineteenth century with an avant-garde technique and spirit that revealed painting’s abstract potential to the twentieth century. Cézanne’s fascination with Mont Sainte-Victoire stemmed partly from his avowed love for “the conformation of my country,” yet it transcended this profound attachment. According to Meyer Shapiro, “He identified with it as the ancients with a holy mountain on which they set the dwelling or birthplace of a god. Only for Cézanne, it was an inner god that he externalized in this mountain peak – his striving and exaltation and desire for repose.”
Duncan Phillips’s acceptance of Cézanne’s eminent ancestry in the Old Masters is signaled by his 1925 purchase of Mont Sainte-Victoire and his statement, “Our new masterpieces by Corot, Constable and Cézanne took their place in the Main Gallery as if they had always belonged there in that intimate association with Greco’s Peter , Chardin’s Still Life, the groups of Daumiers, Courbets and Chavannes and the great Renoir.” In 1931 in Phillip’s conveyed his feeling for the painting in his Trowbridge Lecture: “Perfect equilibrium is established, a beneficent harmony…. No touch of the painter’s brush fails to function in the sparing application of a few colors, while the canvas is left bare here and there with unerring knowledge of stress and interval, of movement and repose. A symmetry like the Parthenon and a strange solidity are achieved with the simplest means…. And so there is life and movement within the architecture of space.”