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  • Cezanne in Provence To Open at National Gallery of Art
    November 10, 2004 WASHINGTON, D.C.

    Paul Cezanne. Clairiere, c. 1895 (c. 1890 per lender). oil on canvas, 100.3 x 81.3 cm (39 1/2 c 32). Lent by the Toledo Museum of Art; Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey.

    The National Gallery of Art, Washington, will celebrate French art in 2005 and 2006 by highlighting works in its permanent collection and presenting several important exhibitions: Andre Kertesz, February 6 through May 15, 2005; Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre, March 20 through June 12, 2005; Cezanne in Provence, January 29 through May 7, 2006; and Dada, February 19 through May 14, 2006.

    There are treasures to be taken away from this country, which has not yet found an interpreter equal to the abundance of riches which it displays. -Paul Cezanne, on the landscape of Provence, 1886.

    Cezanne in Provence--on view January 29 through May 7, 2006, in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and June 9 through September 17, 2006, at the newly renovated Musee Granet in Aix-en-Provence--will be the principal international exhibition marking 2006 as the centenary of the death of Paul Cezanne (1839-1906). A key figure in the impressionist and post-impressionist movements, he is often seen as the father of modern art. This exhibition, by focusing on the works Cezanne painted in and around his native Aix-en-Provence, will celebrate the landscape and the rich associations it had for him.

    Approximately 100 of Cezanne’s greatest oil paintings and watercolors will demonstrate his intense, emotional engagement with the countryside of his birthplace, where he painted some of his most compelling landscapes, penetrating portraits of family members, and the monumental Bathers from the National Gallery, London. Works depicting such scenes as Cezanne’s family home of Jas de Bouffan, Mont Sainte-Victoire, the Mediterranean coast at L’Estaque, the dramatic quarry at Bibemus, and the Chateau Noir will come from public and private collections throughout Europe and the United States.

    The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Musee Granet, and the Communaute du Pays d’Aix, Aix-en-Provence, and the Reunion des musees nationaux, Paris (French National Museums Organization).

    The exhibition will also launch Cezanne 2006 in the United States and France, where Aix-en-Provence will celebrate the centenary with numerous events, including the reopening of the Musee Granet, one of France’s top regional museums, and the opening to the public of several key sites including the Jas de Bouffan and Cezanne’s work cabin in the Bibemus quarry, as well as the famous studio at Les Lauves, newly restored to its original state.