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.

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

Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne