One of the most influential artists in the history of painting was Paul Cézanne. He inspired generations of modern artists. Generally categorized as a Post-Impressionist, his unique use of color and his analytical approach to nature influenced the art of Cubists, Fauvists and future generations of artists.

Cézanne's early paintings show a dark palette which he finally exchanged for brilliant tones and began painting en plein air (outdoors), encouraged by his good mentor and friend, Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro.

These four masterpieces are part of the amazing Chester Dale collection:
Landscape near Paris (1876)

House of Père Lacroix (1873)

Louis Guillaume (1882)

The Artist's Son, Paul (1885/1890)

In my next blog post, I will show how Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce continued their father's vision by donating several masterpieces to the museum.

The National Gallery of Art is located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue.
  • Admission is always FREE.
  • Open Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Open Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Closed on December 25 and January 1. 
All photos in this blog post were taken by me during my visit in September, 2013.

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