The Grounds of the Château Noir

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