Paul Cézanne - Abandoned House near Aix-en-Provence 1885-1887

Abandoned House near Aix-en-Provence 1885-1887
Abandoned House near Aix-en-Provence
1885-1887 66x82cm oil/canvas
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas, USA

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From Dallas Museum of Fine Arts:
Paul Cézanne's landscape paintings are often centered on houses, virtually all empty, abandoned, or ruined. But with the irony common in Cézanne's oeuvre, these dwellings provide a stable center to the landscapes in which they are placed, almost as if they will be re-populated later. Cézanne's "romance" with empty houses began in 1873-1874, when he painted the famous "House of the Hanged Man" (Musée d'Orsay, Paris), which was among his submissions to the first Impressionist exhibition of 1874. The rugged canvas represents an inaccessible house, its door closed, its windows shuttered. Cézanne's title for the painting tells us this is the empty house of a suicide victim, whose death-in-sin forever haunts the house and Cézanne's painting of it.