Mont Sainte-Victoire, Paul Cézanne

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Mont Sainte-Victoire, Paul Cézanne, 1904. Oil on canvas.

A museum-quality print made on thick and durable matte paper.

From Our Curator

Between 1882 and 1906, Cézanne captured numerous views of Mont Sainte-Victoire, which rises above his hometown of Aix-en-Provence. In this final period of his life, he was obsessed with depicting the world accurately: not by using learned palettes and modes of composition, but by capturing a single fleeting moment in time exactly as he saw it.

Mont Sainte-Victoire - Paul Cezanne

In this ambition, he had a lot in common with his impressionist contemporaries. His admiration for the classical ideals of harmony and balance, however, set him apart. Where other impressionists relied on spontaneity and instinct in their brushstrokes, Cézanne preferred careful deliberation. The 1904 painting I've chosen is probably the best example of this dichotomy: the brushstrokes are both loose (to capture the impression more vividly) and meticulous (because Cézanne believed that every daub of paint makes a huge impact on the overall composition).

Paul Cezanne, Mont Sainte-Victoire

Paul Cézanne inspired generations of painters after him – Picasso and Matisse among them – and several of his paintings of Mont Sainte-Victoire stand among the greatest landscapes of all time.

Extra Details

  • Paper thickness: 10.3 mil
  • Paper weight: 5.6 oz/y² (192 g/m²)
  • Giclée printed on archival, acid-free paper
  • Opacity: 94%
  • ISO brightness: 104%
  • Blank paper sourced from Japan