Paul Cézanne - Bibemus 1894-1895

Bibemus 1894-1895
1894-1895 71x89cm oil/canvas
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

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From Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York :
The artist’s obsession with the nuances of spatial construction and optical effect is evinced in the numerous landscapes painted during this late period. In the abandoned and overgrown quarries known as Bibémus, east of the town of Aix-en-Provence, Cézanne discovered a rough, partially man-made, and intensely chromatic landscape that suited his geometrizing style. Between 1895 and 1899 he proceeded to visually explore the geographic and tonal variations that occurred in this remote, deserted area. In the Guggenheim’s canvas, Cézanne’s restless strokes and intermittent patches of complementary colors form passages of flatness and volume that create at once a diaphanous surface pattern and an illusion of great depth. The artist’s unique sensations of the terrain are manifest in this picture as a radiant tapestry that heralds the imminent advent of abstract painting.
Nancy Spector