The Bay of Marseilles, Seen from L'Estaque  1885

by Paul Cézanne

In a letter to his friend and teacher Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne compared the view of the sea from L’Estaque to a playing card, with its simple shapes and colors. The landscape’s configuration and color fascinated him. This painting is one of more than a dozen such vistas created by the artist during the 1880s. Cézanne divided the canvas into four zones—architecture, w...
31 5/8 × 39 5/8 in. (80.2 × 100.6 cm)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago