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Object Information:

Artist: Paul Cézanne, French, 1839-1906

Houses on the Hill


Oil on canvas

23 3/8 x 31 3/8in (59.4 x 79.7cm)

Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay



On Exhibition  On view/Large Lang Gallery

Further Information:

Houses on the Hill exhibits Cezanne's confidence in using color during the last years of this life. With a fully loaded brush, he painted overlapping vertical blocks of various greens to describe foliage on the hillside. Using dark blue, he delineated the houses, bushes in the foreground, and a hint of a boat at the right.

Horizontal strokes of green, blue, and orange suggest a river bank. Subtle violets fill in the planes of the houses, and a jumble of light blue floods the sky above the hill.

Though considered an Impressionist painter in the 1870s, Cezanne ultimately achieved a strength and solidity of form not present in most Impressionist works. His influence on Matisse and Picasso changed the course of modern art.

Artist/Maker Bio

Cézanne, Paul