In scale and resolution, this is the culminating work of a series of landscapes that Paul Cézanne painted at L’Estaque, a Mediterranean fishing village a few miles from Marseilles. During the early 1880s, he came to cherish L’Estaque as a retreat from the complexities of family life. It inspired some of his grandest landscapes, which are remarkable for the sense of deliberation and structure in every brushstroke and the finely balanced palette of blues and ochers.


  • Title: The Bay of Marseilles, Seen from L'Estaque
  • Creator: Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906)
  • Date Created: About 1885
  • Physical Dimensions: 31 5/8 × 39 5/8 in. (80.2 × 100.6 cm)
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Media: Oil on canvas
  • Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1933.1116
  • Artist: Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906)

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