The Pigeon Tower at Bellevue

The Pigeon Tower at Bellevue

1890

Paul Cézanne

(French, 1839-1906)

Oil on fabric

Framed: 95.5 x 113 x 7 cm (37 5/8 x 44 1/2 x 2 3/4 in.); Unframed: 65.6 x 81.5 cm (25 13/16 x 32 1/16 in.)

The James W. Corrigan Memorial 1936.19

Description

Cézanne was among the first artists to break with Impressionism and replace its interest in atmospheric effects with a new emphasis on geometric structure. Between 1888 and 1892, he painted two views of the pigeon tower at his brother-in-law's house in Bellevue, a small town in southern France. To make the tower the focal point of the composition, Cézanne exaggerated its cylindrical shape, extending it upward and to the left.

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