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Paul Cezanne, Avenue at Chantilly

Key facts
Full title Avenue at Chantilly
Artist Paul Cezanne
Artist dates 1839 - 1906
Date made 1888
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 82 × 66 cm
Acquisition credit Acquired from the Chester Beatty family under the acceptance-in-lieu procedure, 1990
Inventory number NG6525
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Avenue at Chantilly
Paul Cezanne

Cezanne spent several months over the summer of 1888 working in and around Chantilly, some 24 miles north of Paris. This is one of three similar oil paintings of the park surrounding the chateau that he produced during his stay. The symmetry and spatial depth of this view may have appealed to him more than its historic associations, as he has focused on the avenue or path running through the Chantilly forest rather than on the town’s famous castle, seen in the distance.

Cezanne created an impression of depth by building up the landscape as a mosaic of carefully organised patches of colour. Warm ochre and reds contrast with cooler blues, greens and greys, and variations of tone suggest the play of light on foliage. Alternating bands of light and shade lead us in, and darker touches of blue and green define the structure of the trees and fences.

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