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© Mother Linda's
The Large Bathers,
courtesy Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Comite Regional de Tourisme
year marks the centenary of the death of Paul Cezanne (1839-1906). Festivities
include Cezanne in Provence, an international exhibition of 117 of his
greatest oil paintings and watercolors. The exhibition is currently at the
National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, January 29-May 7, 2006, and then
moves to the Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence, June 9-September 17, 2006.
home to one of the most important Cezanne sites—Jas de Bouffan (below), which
was the family estate located on the outskirts of town. Cezanne intermittently
painted there over the course of four decades until 1899 when the estate was
sold. The ochre-colored house framed with trees and the surrounding grounds and
landscape were featured in several of his paintings.
always associated Cezanne with still life and landscapes. It was not until I
visited the exhibition that I learned he also painted nudes.
last painting of the exhibit, and almost the largest one, was the Large
Bathers (above). Created with lushly applied brush strokes, the
slightly out of focus nudes were not intrusive. Some say he had a willful
disregard for human anatomy, but it’s a serene image.
The physical exhibit is gone, but you can see all
the paintings I saw at the National Gallery of Art by clicking on this link--"Cezanne
in Provence" lives on. Enjoy!!
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