On the Banks of a River
On the Banks of a River, ca. 1904-1905
Oil on canvas
61 x 73.7 cm (24 x 29 inches)
Museum Special Reserve Fund 43.255
(October 21, 2016 – June 11, 2017)
In this late, unfinished painting, Cézanne used blocks of color to construct the armature of a landscape. Likely working outdoors, he mapped the riverside village with squares and triangles and used parallel strokes of orange and brown to indicate a cargo-laden barge. A solid, curved structure at right marks a bend in the river, whose overlapping blue patches form a ribbon between the opposing banks. Lighter tones of blues and greens create mutual reflections in the water and the loosely drawn clouds. Cézanne’s working process is also evident in the roughly conceived foreground, where broad, multicolored patches indicate forms that he had not yet defined.
European Paintings and Sculpture, ca. 1770 - 1937
Edited BySlimmon, Ann H, and Judith A. Singsen, eds.
Contributions byRosenfeld, Daniel, et al
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1991
TypeMonographs and CollectionsSelected Works
Edited ByWoolsey, Ann, ed.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2008
TypeMonographs and CollectionsA Handbook of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Edited ByWoodward, Carla M., and Franklin W. Robinson, eds.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1988
TypeMonographs and CollectionsExchange Exhibition, Exhibition ExchangeFrom the Collection of Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University; From the Collection of The Museum of Art, Rhode
Contributions byMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Waltham, MA: Rose Art Museum, Brandesi University., 1967