Cézanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings

Paul Cézanne. Quarry at Bibémus (La Carrière de Bibémus), 1898–1900. Oil on canvas, 65.41 x 54.61 cm. The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. Gift of Henry W. and Marion H. Bloch

From the mid-1860s until shortly before his death in 1906, Paul Cézanne created some twenty-seven canvases that take rocks as their principal subjects. Among the artist’s most extraordinary landscapes, his paintings of rock formations have never been the exclusive subject of an exhibition or publication. Featuring some fifteen of the most important works—including scenes of the rocky terrain of the forest of Fontainebleau, the Mediterranean coastal village of L’Estaque, and the area around Aix-en-Provence—this exhibition will explore the character and development of these works, the Romantic or picturesque fascination with the unusual or inhospitable landscape, and the close relationship of this motif to the artist’s numerous paintings of Mont Sainte-Victoire, both shaping and shaped by the radical changes that he made in his art over the final decade of his life.