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Le Potager De Pissarro, Pontoise (Pissaro's Vegetable Garden, Pontoise) by Paul Cezanne

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Critical Study Title: Le Potager De Pissarro, Pontoise (Pissaro's Vegetable Garden, Pontoise) Artist: Paul Cezanne Date: 1877 Country of Origin: France Size: height: 48.3 x width: 59.9 cm Materials Used: Oil on canvas This particular piece of Cezanne's work was not commissioned by anyone but Cezanne himself for entertainment value as it is of Pissaro's gardens, however recently it has been displayed at the Addison Fine Arts Gallery in New York. The piece was produced during the movement of impressionism; impressionism is a light, spontaneous manner of painting which began in France as a reaction against the formalism of the dominant Academic style. Its naturalistic and down-to-earth treatment of its subjects has its roots in the French Realism of Corot and others. ...read more.


They often painted out of doors, rather than in a studio, so that they could observe nature more directly and set down its most fleeting aspects-especially the changing light of the sun. The impressionists specialized in landscape, informal portraits in a domestic setting, and still life-genres that before the 1870s had been regarded as of lesser importance than history painting. It was a major achievement of the impressionists to overturn this prejudice. Many impressionist landscapes depict unremarkable corners of nature with no obvious point of interest. The core of the earliest Impressionist group was made up of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Alfred Sisley. Others associated with this period were Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas, Gustave Caillebotte, Frederic Bazille, Edouard Manet, and Mary Cassatt. ...read more.


The texture of the oil on the canvas when Cezanne used the naturalistic rough brush strokes in the foreground to create the gardens would convey the realistic rough texture of nature and smoother brushstrokes used on the background buildings exaggerates the clean lines and smooth shapes. The painting creates mainly mixed emotions not from the colours used but the content of the piece. The main emotion is the destruction of beauty of the natural landscape created by the clean lines and earthen colours of the town, it seems unfair that the natural beauty is overshadowed by the town and this is what Cezanne is trying to depict truly. ...read more.

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