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After working for many years in Paris, Soutine produced a series of works in towns in the South of France. The subject and colouring of this work are not far from the calm analysis of landscape undertaken by Cézanne. However, Soutine’s handling of paint conveys an agitated, frenetic quality, suggesting a confrontation with the earthy forces of nature. The town reels under the painter’s energy and appears to rear up over us.

September 2004