Paul Cézanne - The bridge at Maincy 1879

Still Life 1879 The abandoned house 1879 The bay of l'Estaque and Saint-Henri 1879 The bridge at Maincy 1879 The Gulf of Marseilles from L'Estaque 1879 Three pears 1879 Village behind trees 1879
The bridge at Maincy 1879

The bridge at Maincy 1879
58x72cm oil/canvas
Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France

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From Musee d'Orsay, Paris:
Maincy Bridge is an unusual painting in Cézanne's oeuvre. Problems of dating and identifying the site have long heightened the ambiguity surrounding it. It is now agreed that it was painted late in 1879 or early in the following year. Indeed Cézanne is known to have lived at Melun at that time and the Maincy bridge is nearby.
At a time when he was moving away from Impressionism, very few of Cezanne's paintings are so spattered with light. We can feel the air moving through the space and watch the water playing with myriad reflections. Yet the long straight brushstrokes, angled like crosshatching in a drawing, conjure up the sensual poetry of his latest works.