The Village of Gardanne (Le Village de Gardanne)
On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
This unfinished canvas is representative of the experimental style and radical pictorial vision that would inspire Paul Cézanne’s contemporaries as well as future generations of artists. Here, he rendered the village of Gardanne in his native Aix-en-Provence through a series of architectonic and organic forms, animated by the shift between cool and warm tones and expanses of unpainted base coat that convey a sense of light. In his highly constructed view, Cézanne omitted the factories and coal pits that surrounded Gardanne, instead selecting an angle that intensified the timeless presence of the church and its bell tower.
Oil and conté crayon on canvas
36 1/4 x 28 13/16 in. (92.1 x 73.2 cm)
Frame: 2 7/8 x 46 1/2 x 39 5/8 in. (7.3 x 118.1 x 100.6 cm) (show scale)
Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund and Alfred T. White Fund
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Paul Cézanne (French, 1839-1906). The Village of Gardanne (Le Village de Gardanne), 1885-1886. Oil and conté crayon on canvas, 36 1/4 x 28 13/16 in. (92.1 x 73.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund and Alfred T. White Fund, 23.105 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 23.105_PS11.jpg)
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