Paul Cassirer, Amsterdam
Dr. Walter Feilchenfeldt, Zürich (acquired from the above in 1938)
Robert von Hirsch, Basel (acquired from the above in 1951 and sold: Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co., London, June 26-27, 1978, lot 837)
Acquired at the above sale
As Philip Conisbee notes in the exhibition catalogue for Cézanne in Provence, “Provence was Cézanne’s country: he was at home there as nowhere else. His sense of being grounded in so particular and so familiar a place, resonant with memory and emotion, caused him to concentrate much of his extraordinary pictorial intelligence there and to create from that landscape some of the most remarkable and original images in late nineteenth and early twentieth century art. We know Cézanne’s Provence principally through his many representations of it; he was single-minded in his devotion to painting. Reference to Provence in his surviving correspondence are few, but heavily charged” (Philip Conisbee, Cézanne in Provence, 2006, National Gallery of Art, Washington, p. 1).
Between 1883 and 1887, Cézanne resided predominantly in the south of France. In the fall of 1882, he retired to his family manor and country home Le Jas de Bouffan where he lived in almost complete isolation. Embedded deep within the Provençale countryside with occasional excursions to the Île-de-France and L’Estaque, Cézanne focused primarily on the landscapes of his lush environment. The compositional arrangement in the present landscape is rendered with a delicate earthy palette enhanced by the use of small patches of subtle blues, stunning ochers and bright greens. Executed in these patches of brilliant contrasting hues, Cabane provençale is a testament to Cézanne’s virtuosity in this medium and his remarkably modern vision. By using minimal pictorial means with patches of color Cézanne achieved a sense of volume and space which make his watercolors a unique achievement in modern art.
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