Chaïm Soutine The Road up the Hill c.1924

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Chaïm Soutine 1893–1943
The Road up the Hill
La Route de la colline (Vence)
Date c.1924
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 724 x 600 mm
frame: 915 x 785 x 97 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Miss Helen Drysdale 1959
On loan to Victoria Art Gallery (Bath, UK)

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Soutine’s response to the South of France appears to have been intensely physical. In this work, the steep streets of Vence afford him a plunging perspective which he welds together under the overarching tree. The canvas barely contains the swirling energy of the forms, resulting in a strangely claustrophobic relationship with nature.

August 2004

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