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Maison Maria with a View of Chateau Noir
Kimbell Art Museum
Paul Cézanne, French (1839-1906)
c. 1895
Oil on canvas
25 5/8 x 31 7/8 in. (65 x 81 cm)
Acquired in 1982

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

Paul Cézanne's art challenged both the Romantic and neoclassical styles of painting popular during the 19th century as well as the newer, more radical style embodied by Impressionism.

Termed a Post-Impressionist, Cézanne's later works, such as Maison Maria with a View of Château Noir, reveal the divided nature of his painting: the work's brushstrokes and muted, broken colors betoken Impressionism. But the work also diverges from the movement's emphasis on objectivity and surface. Maison Maria exhibits the compositional characteristics -- for instance, the imbalance of the house and the painting's depiction of deep space -- that are unique to Cézanne.

Known as misanthropic and somewhat reclusive, Cézanne moved with his wife and son to Provence in 1870. In 1874, he relocated temporarily to Paris, where the Impressionist movement was taking hold. Cézanne exhibited at the first Impressionist show during this year and again at the third, in 1877. Of all the paintings, which were almost universally denounced by critics and the public, Cézanne's received the soundest lashing. A split with the Impressionists led Cézanne back to Provence, where he developed the mature style which would become his signature, and which Maison Maria embodies.

Since its acquisition in 1982, Cézanne's Maison Maria with a View of Château Noir has been part of the European Art collection at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

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