Millstone in the Park of the Château Noir, 1898-1900
|Artist||Cézanne, Paul||Cezanne painted this scene representing an abandoned quarry in the woods not far from his own house near Aix. Towards the end of his life, this was he sort of palace which best suited his bitter and melancholy mood. Like Poussin, by placing the blocks of stone, which have geometrical shapes in the fore ground, he has given this part of the picture a certain intellectual clarity and balance. However, the waving lines of the tree trunks and the free treatment of the heavy foliage give the impression of a wilderness. It is this contrast between the calm and rational and the wild and instinctive which gives the picture its character .
The restrained colour harmony of browns, greens, and dulled blues without any touches of vivid colour, maintains the over-all unity of the composition and is admirably suited to the atmosphere of the scene.
|Institution||Philadelphia Museum of Art|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||73 x 92.4 cm|