“Art is a harmony parallel with nature.” Paul Cézanne
One hundred and eighty years ago, on January 19, 1839, Paul Cézanne was born in Aix-en-Provence, a city-commune in the south of France, approximately 30 kilometers north of Marseille.
“One had to immerse oneself in one’s surroundings and intensely study nature or one’s subject to understand how to recreate it.” Paul Cézanne
In 1859 when Cézanne was 20 years old, his father, a well-to-do banker, purchased a large country house and farm, called the Jas de Bouffan, just outside Aix-en-Provence. The home, with a magnificent view of Mont Sainte-Victoire, the surrounding groves of chestnut trees, and the warm light of a summer day in Provence offered Cézanne an ideal setting for artistic pursuits. Over the years, he produced thirty-seven oils and sixteen watercolours of this remarkable family estate.