Paul Cézanne - Farmyard at Auvers 1880

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Farmyard at Auvers 1880

Farmyard at Auvers 1880
65x54cm oil/canvas
Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France

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From Musee d'Orsay, Paris:
Cézanne painted this canvas in the early 1880s, a period when he used to stay in Auvers and Pontoise with Camille Pissarro. Pissarro was also painting similar images of farmyards around 1875. But whereas he was interested in the life of these places, animating them with figures, Cézanne's Farmyard has a gravity about it, exuding an atmosphere of abandon in contrast with the way the subject was normally represented.
The landscape is cluttered with obstacles. The section of wall on the right serves as a repoussoir, drawing the eye into the composition, gradually moving from the foreground to the farm building where the doors and shutters are closed. In front of it is a tree with its bare branches carefully outlined. On the left, a small thatched outhouse cuts off the view and prevents us from seeing any further. A small wooded hill, rendered by hatching, seems to vibrate behind the imposing mass of the farm.