Cézanne often chose his subjects from his native region of Provence. In this image, a peasant wears a blue work smock over a brown jacket while a vermilion red scarf provides a lively color accent. Cézanne represents one of the workers from the fields and vineyards of his family home the Jas de Bouffan, a large estate close to Aix-en-Provence. The peasant stands with a calm, meditative expression, and his monumental form suggests the timeless, traditional values that Cézanne associated with Provençal peasants. This painting is a study for a spectator who appears in the Card Players.


  • Title: Man with a Pipe (L'homme à la pipe)
  • Creator: Paul Cézanne
  • Date Created: 1890/1892
  • Physical Dimensions: Unframed: 17 x 13 1/2 inches (43.18 x 34.29 cm) Framed: 26 3/4 x 23 1/2 x 2 7/8 inches (67.95 x 59.69 x 7.3 cm)
  • Rights: Gift of Henry W. and Marion H. Bloch
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Culture: French

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