For many years Paul Cezanne studied Mount Sainte-Victoire, retreating to his hometown of Aix-en-Provence in his later career. He wanted to be able to depict what he saw in its full metaphysical glory and pushed the Impressionist mode of painting forward with a more experimental and analytical way to depict a landscape. Cezanne was interested in not only capturing the feeling and pleasure of viewing the landscape he experienced everyday but its mighty presence as it evolves and constantly changes through the seasons. Using his precise painting process – which the artist pioneered – he was able to construct a landscape filled with history that captures the metaphysical experience of Mont Sainte-Victoire, looking as if it was shifting and moving before your very eyes.
Mont Sainte-Victoire (1902 – 1904)
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