Cézanne often painted Mont Sainte­-Victoire, a massive limestone mountain located about ten miles from his home in the south of France. The artist suggested distance only by juxtaposing warm and cold colors. He further diminished the sense of spatial depth by depicting the image in patches of color of equal size and intensity. With all portions of the surface equally handled, there is no sense of the time of day or, for that matter, of time passing.
Artist Paul Cézanne, French, 1839-1906
Title
  • Mont Sainte-Victoire
Date between 1904 and 1906
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 21 7/8 × 18 1/8 inches (55.6 × 46 cm)
Framed: 28 3/4 inches × 25 3/16 inches × 3 inches (73 × 64 × 7.6 cm)
Credit Line Bequest of Robert H. Tannahill
Accession Number 70.161
Department European Painting
On View Modern C236, Level 2 (see map)
(Ambroise Vollard, Paris, France);
(Knoedler and Company, New York, New York, USA);
1933-1970, purchased by R.H. Tannahill (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
1970-present, bequest to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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