- Paul Cézanne 1839–1906
- Original title
- Sous-bois devant les grottes au-dessus du Château Noir
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 907 x 714 mm
frame: 1170 x 974 x 103 mm
- Lent by the National Gallery 1997
On long term loan
Cézanne aimed to portray his transitory sensations in response to landscape while communicating the underlying order in nature. This is one of several works executed around the Château Noir, about three miles from Aix-en-Provence, where he lived. By applying varied tones of colour in distinct but overlapping brushstrokes, he achieved a sense of depth, light and structure. Shortly before his death, he wrote: 'I am becoming more lucid before nature, but with me the realising of sensations is always painful. I cannot attain the intensity that is unfolded before my senses.'
Gallery label, September 2004
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