About this artwork

A late work by Cézanne, this composition presents a close-up of trees, rich in colour and almost geometrical in structure. The centrally positioned slender tree draws the eye into the painting between the darker trunks and interlocking overhead branches. Cézanne established the spatial intervals between the trees, while integrating them into a colourful network of brushstrokes, which emphasises the painting's flat surface. Areas of white canvas may have been left deliberately unpainted to contribute to the picture's light-filled, lyrical character.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    The Big Trees
  • date created:
    About 1902 - 1904
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    81.00 x 65.00 cm (framed: 112.10 x 95.50 x 11.20 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by Mrs Anne F Kessler 1958; received after her death 1983
  • accession number:
    NG 2206
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Paul Cézanne

Paul Cézanne