The Big Trees

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The Big Trees about 1902 - 1904
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.

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The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.



  • Acc. No. NG 2206
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 81.00 x 65.00 cm
  • Credit Presented by Mrs Anne F Kessler 1958; received after her death 1983