Houses on the Hill

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Artist: Paul Cézanne, French, 1839-1906

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Oil on canvas
23 3/8 x 31 3/8in (59.4 x 79.7cm)
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Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay
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Houses on the Hill exhibits Cézanne'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, Cézanne 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.
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