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Cézanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings

From the mid-1860s until shortly before his death, Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) created twenty-five canvases that take rock formations as their principal subjects. This is the first publication to focus exclusively on these extraordinary works and affords intimate access to the evolution and workings of Cézanne’s artistic practice unmatched in its importance for the future development of modern art.

It illustrates all of Cézanne’s mature paintings of rock formations, including scenes of the terrain of the forest of Fontainebleau, the Mediterranean coastal village of L’Estaque, and the area around Aix-en-Provence, alongside examples of his watercolors of these subjects.

The softback Cézanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings catalogue is available exclusively from the Royal Academy of Arts.

This catalogue is available for pre-order and will be despatched after 31/07/2020.

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Edited by John Elderfield With contributions by Faya Causey, Sara Green, Annemarie Iker, Ariel Kline, and Anna Swinbourne.

Within this publication, an introductory essay by John Elderfield assesses these paintings in terms of their character and development and in relation to Cézanne’s other works; their critical interpretations; and their geological and corporeal associations. Faya Causey’s essay examines the Provençal context of Cézanne’s rock and quarry paintings, as well as the status of geology in France during the second half of the nineteenth century. The catalogue section, introduced by Anna Swinbourne, chronicles the sites, presenting details of where specifically the paintings were made and of the features that they represent, together with technical aspects of particular works.

John elderfield is chief curator emeritus of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and recently served as the Allen R. Adler, Class of 1967, Distinguished Curator and Lecturer at the Princeton University Art Museum.

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