Cezanne's Montagne Sainte Victoire: A Work in Progress

Presented by Dr Frances Fowle, Senior Curator, Scottish National Gallery and Reader in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh and Lesley Stevenson, Senior Paintings Conservator, National Galleries of Scotland

This presentation considers two significant aspects  - the precise dating and the state of completion - of Cézanne’s ‘Montagne Sainte Victoire’ in the national collection. It is the result of curatorial and conservation collaboration and for the first time will present entirely new interdisciplinary research on this major work.  There have been varying interpretations of the Edinburgh painting over the years and it is hoped that by undertaking this technical research new light will be thrown on the artist’s approach. 

Dr Frances Fowle is a specialist in nineteenth-century painting. She has curated a number of exhibitions for the National Galleries of Scotland, including Van Gogh and Britain (2006), Impressionism and Scotland (2008) and Van Gogh to Kandinsky: Symbolist Landscape in Europe 1880-1910 (2012). She recently been working on American Impressionism: A New Vision, 1880-1900, which opens at the Musée des Impressionnismes in Giverny in March 2014.

Lesley Stevenson trained at Glasgow University and the Courtauld, and has worked variously at Tate, the National Trust for Scotland and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, before joining the team at the National Galleries of Scotland.

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This presentation by Dr Frances Fowle & Lesley Stevenson considers two significant aspects  - the precise dating and the state of completion - of Cézanne’s ‘Montagne Sainte Victoire’ in the national collection. It is the result of curatorial and conservation collaboration and for the first time will present entirely new interdisciplinary research on this major work. 

[Duration 26:10]