Mount Sainte-Victoire view from Lauves

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Dr. Reza Kibria

Editor’s Choice: A Selection of Important Works of Art

This section introduces readers to a selection of great works of art, primarily paintings of the Western World. The works chosen include some personal favourites, others which are well-known or influential in some way and yet others representative of a particular school of art. The impact of a work of art is of course many times greater when the original is seen. If possible readers should try to visit the galleries and museums housing these priceless treasures

“Mount Sainte-Victoire view from Lauves”, Paul Cezanne, 1904-06, oil on canvas, 60x72 cm, Kunstmuseum, Basel

Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) was one of the greatest of the French Post-Impressionists whose work is said to have laid the bridge between the Impressionists of the 19th century and the Cubists (notably Picasso) of the next century.  His works were often subject to the ridicule of the critics of his time, but many younger artists were strongly influenced by his work. The subject of this painting is Mount Sainte-Victoire in Provence in southern France, which he could see from his house and painted on numerous occasions.