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Chemin Des Lauves: The Studies, Motifs, and Garden Secrets of Paul Cézanne

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Title: Chemin Des Lauves: The Studies, Motifs, and Garden Secrets of Paul Cézanne
Author: McDiarmid, Kimberly
Department: School of Fine Art and Music
Program: Art History and Visual Culture
Advisor: Smylitopoulos, Christina
Abstract: Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) is widely known for his post-impressionist landscape paintings depicting mountains, forests, and garden spaces. The artist worked closely with the garden, owning property a property called Chemin des Lauves located in Aix en Provence during the last decade of his life. Despite popular interest of Chemin des Lauves as a tourist destination, a critical examination of Paul Cézanne’s relationship with his garden has yet to be conducted. Using an intermedial approach, this thesis unveils Cézanne’s understanding of his garden, not merely as a setting, but as an artistic process that reflected his experimentation with nineteenthcentury colour theory, optical studies, and his concerns with the expressive capability of landscape. This intervention moves beyond a conventional understanding of Cezanne’s appreciation of nature and demonstrates that because of Cézanne’s level of involvement with the garden space, Chemin des Lauves must be considered a painter’s garden.
Date: 2017-04
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