This typically complex landscape probably dates from the period 1877–79 when Cézanne lived in the town of Melun. Probably inspired by the example of Camille Pissarro, he set himself the task of depicting a vista through a screen of trees. The eccentric genius of Cézanne transformed what might have been a merely charming view into a somewhat ominous scene of the isolated house with its black interior just off center. The painter was developing a style of short, brushy parallel strokes that would form a tapestry-like texture drawing attention to the surface and the application of paint. It was in the fall of 1879 that Cézanne wrote from Melun to his close friend, Émile Zola: “I am still striving to find my way as a painter. Nature presents me with the greatest difficulties.”

Paul Cézanne
French, 1839–1906
House in the Country, c. 1877–79
Oil on canvas
Anonymous Gift, 2000.1.1

From Our Collection

1594, Caravaggio 1731, Canaletto 1749, Panini 1773, Wright

Upcoming Events

Nov
20
Thu
7:00 pm Film: The Better Angels
Film: The Better Angels
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:35 pm
Film: The Better Angels
Film: The Better Angels: Beginning circa 1817, the story spans three years of Abraham Lincoln’s childhood in the harsh wilderness of Indiana. Learn about the [...]
Nov
21
Fri
all-day Member Shopping Days
Member Shopping Days
Nov 21 – Nov 23 all-day
Member Shopping Days: Members receive 20% off in The Museum Shop in store and online! Not a member? Join now!
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Nov 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tour: Highlights: Join a docent for an exploration of the collection. Meet by The Museum Shop. Highlights Tours are offered daily at 1 pm, Wednesday [...]
Nov
22
Sat
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Nov 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tour: Highlights: Join a docent for an exploration of the collection. Meet by The Museum Shop. Highlights Tours are offered daily at 1 pm, Wednesday [...]
2:00 pm Film: The Better Angels
Film: The Better Angels
Nov 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:35 pm
Film: The Better Angels
Film: The Better Angels: Beginning circa 1817, the story spans three years of Abraham Lincoln’s childhood in the harsh wilderness of Indiana. Learn about the [...]

View Calendar

 

Hours & Admission

Hours:
Wednesday – Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
First Thursdays: 11 am – 8 pm

Admission:
Members: Free
Adults: $10
Seniors (age 62+): $8
Students (age 13 & over or with college ID): $5
Children (age 12 & under): Free
First Thursdays (from 5-8 pm): $5