Paul Cézanne / The Pigeon Tower at Bellevue / c. 1890Paul Cézanne
The Pigeon Tower at Bellevue
c. 1890

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Creator Name: Cézanne, Paul
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1839 - 1906
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Paul Cézanne
Title: The Pigeon Tower at Bellevue
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1880
Creation End Date: 1900
Creation Date: c. 1890
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 65cm x 81cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1936.19
Credit Line: The James W. Corrigan Memorial
Context: Once an Impressionist painter, Cézanne was among the first artists to break with the movement and replace its concern with 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. This composition is the larger and more resolved of the two paintings. To make the tower the focal point of the composiiton, Cézanne exaggerated its cylindrical shape, extending itupward and to the left. By eliminating unnecessary details and establishing the solidity of the cedar and olive trees, which echo the contours of the tower, Cézanne followed the advice he once gave a colleague: "Treat nature by means of the cylinder, thesphere, and the cone."
AMICA ID: CMA_.1936.19
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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