Paul Cézanne - Almond trees in Provence 1900

1900-1902 Forest Scene. Path from Mas Jolie to Chateau noir
Forest Scene. Path from Mas Jolie to Chateau noir
1900-1902 79x64cm oil/canvas
Fondation Beyeler, Switzerland

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From Fondation Beyeler, Switzerland:
Paul Cézanne had a defining influence on the inception of modernism; indeed, his approach to painting revolutionized modern art. By assigning inherent value to a painting’s manner of execution – as distinct from its subject matter – he shifted the focus of art onto the work itself. This was a crucial step in the development of abstract art, which renounces subjects in the traditional sense.
The translation of the three-dimensionality of perceived reality into the two-dimensionality of the pictorial surface – a process Cézanne called réalisation – is quite beautifully exemplified by Forest scene (Path from Mas Jolie to Château noir). Working, as ever, in the open air and in front of the subject, he established the picture’s overall structure with a few thin brushstrokes. Horizontal lines indicate the ground, vertical lines the trees. He rendered every sensory impression that struck his eyes – especially the colour hues – with his famous taches, patches of modulated colour consisting of just a few strokes of the brush from which he built the entire picture. Although his system of coloured taches is independent of the subject, the painting still vividly captures the atmosphere of the woods around Montagne Sainte-Victoire near Aix-en-Provence.