Mont Sainte-Victoire seen from Bellevue

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Mont Sainte-Victoire seen from Bellevue
Paul Cezanne La Montagne Saint Victoire Barnes.jpg
ArtistPaul Cézanne
Yearc. 1895
MediumOil on canvas
MovementPost Impressionism
Dimensions73 cm × 92 cm (37.5 in × 51.3 in)
LocationBarnes Foundation, Pennsylvania

Mont Sainte-Victoire seen from Bellevue is a landscape painting dating from around 1886, by the French artist Paul Cézanne. The subject of the painting is the Montagne Sainte-Victoire in Provence in southern France. Cézanne spent a lot of time in Aix-en-Provence at the time, and developed a special relationship with the landscape. This particular mountain, that stood out in the surrounding landscape, he could see from his house, and he painted it in on numerous occasions.[1]

Moreover, Cézanne depicted the railway bridge on the Aix-Marseille line at the Arc River Valley in the center on the right side of this picture.[2]

The painting shows clearly Cézanne's project of rendering order and clarity to natural scenes, without giving up the optical realism of Impressionism.[3] Both the light and the colours of the painting give the impression of a pattern that is not imposed on nature, but is there naturally.[3]



  • Becks-Malorny, Ulrike Paul Cézanne, 1839-1906: Pioneer of Modernism (Cologne, 2001), ISBN 3-8228-5642-8
  • Gombrich, E.H., The Story of Art, 16th ed. (London & New York, 1995), ISBN 0-7148-3355-X
  • Tomoki Akimaru, "Cézanne and the Steam Railway (1)~(7)", (Japan, 2012).