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Bridge over the pond

Painting, 1898, 64×79 cm
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Description of the artwork «Bridge over the pond»

When Georges Braque saw the paintings by Cézanne for the first time, he felt that "there was something sacred in his work"Paul Gauguin wrote about Cézanne in one of his letters: "In his methods, he affects a mystery and the heavy tranquillity of a dreamer; his colours are grave like the character of Orientals; A man of the South, he spends whole days on the on the mountain top reading Virgil and looking at the sky... The literature of his pictures has a parabolic meaning with two conclusions; his backgrounds are equally imaginative and realistic. To sum up: when we look at one of his pictures, we exclaim: "Strange!" But he is a mystic, even in drawing."

A landscape "Bridge over the pond" is a nameless, overgrown with trees place in Axe painted by the aged, lonely, sick and concentrated hermit Cézanne. His paintings have already been seen in Paris by Georges Braque, Paul Gauguin and young Les Nabis artists. Modern art has already turned in the direction of Provence forests, following Cézanne. Young artists come to him to take a few photos, write down his every word and tell it to others. Cézanne continued to seek his artistic truth, every day early in the morning he started painting and promised himself that he would die at work.

In these years he discovered watercolour - and, after this discovery, his oil painting becomes transparent. In this landscape, the sky is almost invisible, and the water loses its transparency due to the forest reflected in it; and even here, matter seems to be forming and gaining density before our eyes. Almost all the space of the painting is filled with shades of the same colour - emerald. Only the bridge and the strip of the shore allow the eye to grasp the horizon without losing its balance. An event of cosmic scale takes place above a simple wooden bridge.
Cézanne evicted people from his landscapes, his land is uninhabited. Multidirectional diagonal strokes create a sense of movement within the picture, which a man, standing nearby, would hardly bear. What is going on? Do the tree cranes sway from the wind, or do the trees grow, crack and expose their souls, taking advantage of the absence of witnesses?

Blurred by the pond water, this movement becomes a smooth swinging. Sharp strokes, reflected in the water, turn into watercolour stains.
Cézanne starts collecting his paints and the easel - he is going to eat lamb cutlets and take medicine for diabetes.

Author: Anna Sidelnikova
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Landscape

Style of art: Post-Impressionism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1898

Size: 64×79 cm

Artwork in selections: 19 selections

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