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The Forest Clearing

Paul Cézanne 1839 - 1906

Oil on canvas, 62.2 x 51.5 cm

Bequeathed by Frank Hindley Smith, 1939

Collections record: [2381]

© The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Cézanne began to paint landscapes in the early 1870s, working in Marseilles and later at Pontoise and Auvers.

This landscape was once thought to have been painted between 1882 and 1885, but a significantly later dating of around 1900-1904 has now become widely accepted, since around this date, Cézanne used overlapping brushstrokes extensively in other paintings, influenced by his experience of working in watercolour. The precise location remains uncertain.

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