Paul Cezanne

Jas de Bouffan, the Pool

Jas de Bouffan, the Pool
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Author: Paul Cezanne
Landscape, Painting, Oil on canvas, 46.1x56.3 cm
Origin: France, Circa 1876

Jas de Bouffan was the estate on the outskirts of Aix-en-Provence acquired by the artist's father. Cézanne painted the house and large pool several times. Here the pool is shown in its most attractive form, since, in addition to the greenery, which provides the overall colour scheme, the architectural and sculptural appointments are also visible: the lion of yellow sandstone; the dolphin playfully flipping its tail; the gates; and an old building. A detail quite unusual for Cézanne is included in the painting: the pool is being filled with water. In depicting the water flowing from two pipes or the reflections distorted by the ripples, Cézanne seems to succumb to the temptations of the Impressionism; ordinarily he would have portrayed the mirrorlike smoothness of still water. Nevertheless the painting is far from Impressionist: the large, orderly brushstrokes are alien to Impressionist mobility. The landscape was painted from life, which accounts for why the grey-blue tone of the sky, the green of Provence and its yellow soil have been conveyed so exactly. The harmony of these tones display a masterly grasp of colour.

Style: Post-Impressionism
Source of entry: formerly in the collection of Otto Krebs, Holzdorf
Exibition: French Painting: 19th - 20th centuries
Transferred from Germany after World War II

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