Cezanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings

Yale University Press

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John Elderfield
Yale University Press
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Catalogue of an exhibition of the same name held at the Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey on March 17-June 14, 2020 and at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, England on July 12-October 18, 2020. A rich vein of the artist's mature work, depicting the foundations of landscape and place From the mid-1860s until shortly before his death, Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) created 27 canvases that take rock formations as their principal subjects. This is the first publication to focus exclusively on these extraordinary works. It illustrates all of Cezanne's mature paintings of rock formations, including scenes of the terrain of the forest of Fontainebleau, the Mediterranean coastal village of L'Estaque, and the area around Aix-en-Provence, alongside examples of his watercolors of these subjects. An introductory essay by John Elderfield assesses these paintings in terms of their character, development, and relationship to Cezanne's other works; their critical interpretations; and their geological and corporeal associations. Faya Causey's essay examines the Provencal context of Cezanne's rock and quarry paintings, as well as the status of geology in France during the second half of the 19th century. The catalogue section, introduced by Anna Swinbourne, chronicles the sites, presenting details of where specifically the paintings were made and of the features that they represent, together with technical aspects of particular works.