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How to Read Paintings: Mont Sainte-Victoire by Paul Cézanne

A technique of fractured forms and shimmering brushstrokes that inspired a generation of artists

Mont Sainte-Victoire (c. 1902–6) by Paul Cézanne. Oil on canvas. Source The Metropolitan Museum of Art (pubic domain image)

Mount Sainte-Victoire stands to the east of Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. It is a limestone mountain ridge that dominates views of the surrounding landscape.

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