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A Shed (Une cabane)
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A Shed (Une cabane)

Circa 1880

Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)

Graphite, watercolour on paper (pale cream wove)

Width: 47.5 cm; Height: 31.4 cm;

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Courtauld, Samuel; gift; 1932

About this work
The subject of this watercolour is unique in Cézanne’s oeuvre and the site has not been identified. The building’s three-dimensional form is difficult to read, but the motif is rendered with a firm sense of structure on the paper. As is typical of Cézanne’s early watercolours, the image is mainly formed by the pencil drawing. However, the predominantly monochrome colours play a vital part in balancing the composition and serve to convey the impression of a ramshackle building organically integrated into its natural surroundings. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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