Chestnut Trees at Jas de Bouffan

Paul Cézannec. 1885-1886

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Minneapolis Institute of Art

This painting represents an avenue on the grounds of Paul Cézanne's family estate in southern France in Aix-en-Provence. In this view, he carefully recorded the color and light of the wintry scene, with its tracery of bare branches against the sky. To create an ordered pictorial design, he selected this particular view, emphasizing its rigorous horizontal and vertical structures. In depicting the chestnut trees, he employed multiple viewpoints; this collapses depth, meshing the two parallel rows of trees into a web that seems to exist in one plane. This characteristic innovation produced a rhythmic synthesis of form in both two and three dimensions.

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  • Title: Chestnut Trees at Jas de Bouffan
  • Date Created: c. 1885-1886
  • origin: France
  • Physical Dimensions: w35.5 x h28 in (sight)
  • Measurements: 28 x 35 1/2 in. (71.12 x 90.17 cm) (sight) 40 1/4 x 48 x 3 3/4 in. (102.24 x 121.92 x 9.53 cm) (outer frame)
  • Artist: Paul Cézanne
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: The William Hood Dunwoody Fund, http://www.artsmia.org/index.php?section_id=7
  • External Link: Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, MN, USA)
  • Medium: Oil on canvas