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The Bare Trees at Jas de Bouffan

Paul Cézanne1885-86

The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

Cézanne's father purchased a large mansion called Jas de Bouffan on the outskirts of Aix-en-Provence in 1859. The beautiful buildings and farms had formerly been the residence of the governors of Provence. Cézanne stayed mainly in Aix from the beginning of the 1880s, and the buildings of Jas de Bouffan, its rows of chestnut trees, reservoirs, farm and the walls surrounding the estate are often seen in Cézanne's paintings after 1882. This work was painted near the back gate of the estate. Several roughly depicted chestnut trees with their arabesque-shaped branches are seen in the left of the composition, and the occasional glimpse of blank space attests to the work's overall soft, sketch-like form. Conversely, the undulations that continue from the back entrance and wall to the distant range of mountains are precisely expressed in long narrow strips of blue, blue green and ochre that maintain Cézanne's firm sense of spatial order. (Source: Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2009, cat. no. 89)

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  • Title: The Bare Trees at Jas de Bouffan
  • Date Created: 1885-86
  • Location Created: France
  • Provenance: Paul Rosenberg, Paris; Rosengart, Luzern; E.V. Thaw, New York.
  • Physical Dimensions: w730 x h603 mm
  • Painter: Paul Cézanne
  • Object title (Japanese): 葉を落としたジャ・ド・ブッファンの木々
  • Object notes (Japanese): 「ジャ・ド・ブッファン」は、セザンヌの父が1859年に購入した、エクス市郊外の広大な屋敷の名称である。そこには農場と、かつてプロヴァンス地方の総督が住居にしていたという美しい館があった。1880年代初頭から、セザンヌはエクスで過ごすことが多くなり、82年以降の作品には「ジャ・ド・ブッファン」の館やマロニエの並木、用水池、農場、屋敷の周囲の塀などがしばしば描かれるようになる。本作品は、その中でも屋敷の裏手の出口付近を描いたものである。画面中央から左にかけてアラベスク風の枝ぶりを見せる数本のマロニエの木が粗い筆致で描かれ、また空もところどころ余白を残すなど、全体にスケッチ風の軽やかさを示すが、他方、塀や裏口から遠方の山々に続く大地の起伏は、帯状をなす青や青緑、朱などによって的確に表現され、セザンヌならではの堅固な空間秩序が保たれている。(出典: 国立西洋美術館名作選. 東京, 国立西洋美術館, 2006. cat. no. 89)
  • Artist Name (Japanese): セザンヌ、ポール
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: http://www.nmwa.go.jp/en/information/privacy.html
  • External Link: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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