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Paul Cezanne, The Stove in the Studio

Key facts
Full title The Stove in the Studio
Artist Paul Cezanne
Artist dates 1839 - 1906
Date made about 1865
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 41 × 30 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Acquired from the estate of Mrs Helen Chester Beatty under the acceptance-in-lieu procedure, 1992
Inventory number NG6509
Location On loan: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, Chimei Museum, Tainan City, Taiwan
Collection Main Collection
The Stove in the Studio
Paul Cezanne

During the 1860s Cezanne divided his time between his family home in Aix-en-Provence and Paris, where this picture was probably painted. It evokes the privation of his Bohemian existence in the capital. Cezanne has rearranged the objects in his studio, and we see them from a high viewpoint, as though he is looking down on them from his easel. On the right a single flower stands in a vase on a table. Behind the stove is a canvas on its stretcher frame, while a palette and what may be a small picture hang on the wall at the left.

Cezanne spent a great deal of time in Paris sketching in the Louvre, where he would have been able to study the work of Chardin. The scrutiny of everyday objects and simple frontal composition are particularly reminiscent of Chardin’s Copper Cistern, which was acquired by the Louvre in 1869.

The first owner of this work was Cezanne’s boyhood friend, the writer Emile Zola.

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