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Exhibition July 12 − October 18, 2020

Cezanne: stones and quarries

Around 1869, Paul Cezanne told his young friend, the poet Joachim Gasquet: “In order to paint the landscape well, I must first discover its geological foundations.” His fascination with rock formations led to some of his most remarkable paintings and watercolors.

Cezanne was drawn to the areas of France, known for their rocky terrain, from the ancient forest of Fontainebleau to the golden stone and the shimmering heat of the abandoned Bibemus quarry in Provence.

Based on new research, the exhibition "Cezanne: stones and quarries"combines works in which the artist contrasts the strong presence of stones in oil paintings with ethereal, almost abstract forms in watercolors.