Cristian and Ayoub, Take Four, 2012

Video still of Cristian and Ayoub, Take Four, 2012.

Inspired by Paul Cezanne, Montagne Sainte-Victoire with Large Pine, c. 1887.

We chose Cezanne’s painting of Montagne Sainte Victoire because we liked the way the tree bordered the landscape. The painting caught our attention because of how everything fits together in it, like a puzzle. We also liked how Cezanne painted his images as if he was looking down on his landscapes, from a high point as if he owned the land.

The painting took 2 year to complete. It is of the Montagne St Victoire which Cezanne could see from his house. He often painted the same mountain, which is the main focus of this paintings. He did a number of versions which have a different outcome every time with different brushstrokes, views or style. This was his birthplace, and he was fascinated by it. He also described the mountain as the birth place of a God.

He uses geometry to describe nature, and the landscape in this painting is very modern for the time. He also uses a wide range of colour and brushstrokes to represent the depth of his objects. His brushstrokes are small and rushed. He cropped the view so that the branches of the tree mimic the mountain outline. We think he really enjoyed this painting because he signed it, which he usually did not tend to do.

The animation reflects how Cezanne developed the painting and the difficulties that he had to go through. To do our animation, we used stop frame animation, by re painting the painting’s scene onto glass with various paints and brushstrokes, mixed media like rice and couscous to give it texture. We also used oil pastels, felt tip and acrylics.

Inspired by:

Paul Cézanne, Montagne Sainte-Victoire with Large Pine, c.1887

Paul Cézanne, Montagne Sainte-Victoire with Large Pine, c.1887

The Montagne Sainte-Victoire, with its cragged broken top, stands east of Cézanne’s home town, Aix-en-Provence. Cézanne painted the mountain on many occasions throughout his career. For him it came to symbolise his home, and the landscapes of his native Provence. Cézanne’s landscape is based on his observations from a particular vantage point, some eight miles west of Aix, over the valley of the Arc. It is one of several versions of the same view. In this painting, the view has been cropped so that the pines are only visible at the left and top sides. Their branches follow the contours of the Montagne Sainte-Victoire. By this device, and by focusing on a small section of the plain before him, Cézanne makes the distant mountain seem closer and larger.