Cézanne, Paul (1839-1906)

Flowers in a Blue Vase

France, between 1873 and 1875

Painted in Auvers-sur-Oise, around 1873-1875, when Cezanne was closest of all to the Impressionists, this painting reveals how the artist's palette was becoming considerably lighter than in the dark and heavy paintings canvases of the 1860s. The artist uses vibrant colour reflections and the texture has become mobile and active. At the same time the solidity of form and density of the paint serve not so much to fix a passing impression of nature as to bring out nature's unchanging qualities. Cezanne took part in the Impressionist exhibitions and was the friend of the group's members, but with his very different vision of the world, which already appeared in these works from his Impressionist period, Cezanne was bound to move away from them artistically. He was to go his own way, to discover an approach which is almost "Classical" in its sense of weight and permanence.


Flowers in a Blue Vase






55,2x46 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1948; handed over from the State Museum of New Western Art in Moscow; originally in the Sergei Shchukin collection

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