Un Clos

Un Clos

Object Title:

Un Clos


c. 1890


Paul Cézanne


French, 1839 - 1906


Oil on canvas


24 1/4 x 20 1/2 in. (61.6 x 52.1 cm)

Credit Line:

Purchase, Robert Allerton Fund and donations from Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Clark, Jr. and Academy friends, 1980 (4845.1)

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Paul Cézanne sought to delve beneath external appearances to express the essential order and stability of nature. In this painting of a thicket, he has carefully ordered his forms, building them into a structural whole by interweaving a limited palette-green, blue, violet, ochre, and tan-into a shimmering arrangement of parallel brushstrokes. Cézanne drew with color, creating movement and depth as tones advance and recede. Patches of sky are visible through the foliage, itself a magnificent tangle of opposing triangles that exemplifies the dynamics of Cézanne's compositions. Un Clos brings the viewer into contact with the artist's mind, providing inspiration as well as instruction.