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Key facts
Full title The Sea at L'Estaque
Artist Paul Cézanne
Artist dates 1839 - 1906
Date made 1876
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 42 × 59 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit On loan from a private collection
Inventory number L1249
Location Room 41
Image copyright On loan from a private collection, © Private Collection 2018
The Sea at L'Estaque
Paul Cézanne

Leaving Northern France where he was working alongside Pisarro, Cézanne returned to his native South in spring 1876, staying at L’Estaque, a fishing village near Marseille. He worked out-of-doors, focussing on the violent Mediterranean light and its ability to both enhance colours and flatten volumes. “It’s like a playing card”, he wrote, “Red roofs against the blue sea”. Cézanne sent this picture to the third Impressionist exhibition in 1877.

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