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Chateau Noir, Paul Cezanne - description of the painting

Chateau Noir, Paul Cezanne - description of the painting


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Chateau Noir - Paul Cezanne. 74 x 93 cm.

At the very end of the XIX century, the artist visited Provence, where he was literally fascinated by a castle called Chateau Noir, that is, the Black Castle, and its magnificent park. It was a neo-Gothic style new building, carefully “disguised” as ancient ruins that suffered from time and war. Cezanne created several paintings that captured this castle surrounded by lush vegetation.

On the canvas, the building appears as a mysterious medieval castle in a dense forest against a blue night sky. The whole picture is made under the influence of Claude Monet - she is impressionistic in spirit and in embodiment. But the dynamic strokes that make the image lively and mobile are not as small as the classics of this direction. These are large, even sweeping movements with a wide brush. There are many of them, they are layered one on another in color, have different directions, so that the picture visually gains volume.

The beholder creates an illusion of presence, as the dynamics of the strokes indicate stormy, windy weather. It seems that you can hear how the leaves rustle in the wind and the branches of the trees creak. And behind their branches in the wind hiding a golden castle against a blue sky. From this he seems even more mysterious and attractive.

As in most of his works, Cezanne uses pure bright colors. But due to the layering of strokes, they acquire complex shades, literally fashioning a shape with color.

Due to the size of the strokes, the false impression is created that the canvas was created in a sketch, in a hurry. But looking closely, you can see the painstaking work. Each element of the picture consists of many strokes superimposed on each other. As a result, the image takes on “flesh and blood”, becomes expressive and very effective. Almost closed by vegetation, the castle remains a mystery, a vision that struck the imagination of the artist.


Watch the video: BMA Voices: Paul Cézannes Mont Sainte-Victoire Seen from the Bibémus Quarry, c. 1897. (May 2022).