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The Grounds of the Château Noir
Paul Cézanne

The area around the Château Noir near Aix in Cézanne's native Provence was often depicted by the artist. In this sombre late painting, he focuses on a remote and rocky ridge to the north-east of the house. So steep is the hill and so densely overgrown the foliage that the sky is only just glimpsed as patches of pale blue.

Until recent fires ravaged the area, the forked tree that Cézanne depicted at the right still stood on the site.

Key facts
Artist Paul Cézanne
Artist dates 1839 - 1906
Full title The Grounds of the Château Noir
Date made about 1900-4
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 90.7 x 71.4 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1963
Inventory number NG6342
Location in Gallery Room 41
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