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The Brook

The Brook

c. 1895-1900

Paul Cézanne

(French, 1839-1906)

Oil on fabric

Framed: 74.9 x 97.2 x 8.3 cm (29 1/2 x 38 1/4 x 3 1/4 in.); Unframed: 59.2 x 81 cm (23 5/16 x 31 7/8 in.)

Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1958.20

Description

This painting depicts the valley of the Arc River that runs southeast of Cézanne's home in Aix-en-Provence. Organized patterns of color and brushwork indicate that Cézanne was interested in structuring his visual sensations through directional brushstrokes and patterns of warm and cool colors. He also created a more unified composition by maintaining color intensity throughout, rather than allowing tones to diminish as they fade into the distance.

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