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Georges Clairin - Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt
Armand Point - Peacock Casket
Camille Alaphilippe - Woman with Monkey
Aristide  Maillol - Seated female nude with her left hand on her head. Study for The Mediterranean
Louis-Robert Carrier-Belleuse - The Struggle for Life vase
Léon  Lhermitte - Les Halles
Fernand Pelez - The Death of Emperor Commodus
Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Ambroise Vollard in a Red Scarf
Jean Carriès - My Portrait
Emile Gallé - Two-handled vase
Georges-Henri Lemaire - Silence or Immortality
Charles-Alexandre Giron - Woman wearing gloves, also known as The Parisienne
Paul Sérusier - Tricoteuse au bas rose
Pierre-Auguste  Renoir - Portrait of Madame de Bonnières
Berthe Morisot - Jeune fille en décolleté - La fleur aux cheveux
Pierre Bonnard - Conversation à Arcachon
Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat - Dish : The judgment of Paris
Joseph-Marius Avy  - Bal blanc
Marie Constantine Bashkirtseff - Parisienne, Portrait of Irma
Maurice Denis - Female bathers at Perros-Guirec
Fernand Pelez - La Vachalcade
Alfred Sisley - The Church at Moret (Evening)
Théophile Alexandre Steinlen - Ball on the 14th of July
Edmond  Aman-Jean - Miss Ella Carmichaël
Raoul Larche - Buste d'enfant (portrait présumé de Marcel Lerolle)
Sarah Bernhardt - Dagger : algues
 Baccarat Factory - Vase à décor de cactus
Emile Gallé - Commode, Le Sang d'Arménie
 Bracquemond (Félix), Rousseau (Eugène), Creil and Montereau factory - Round dish. Rousseau dinner service
Félix  Vallotton - Femme au bouquet
Emmanuel Frémiet - Le pélican gastronome
George Desvallières - Portrait de Mademoiselle Yvonne Robiquet
Léonard Agathon - Deux esquisses pour le Jeu de l'Echarpe

The four seasons : Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Aix-en-Provence, 1839 – Aix-en-Provence, 1906
4 paintings
Circa 1860

In 1860, Cézanne, still a student at the law faculty in Aix, started out as a painter by decorating the walls of the main drawing room at Jas de Bouffan, based on the allegorical theme of the seasons. He was twenty when his father bought this estate near Aix-en-Provence.
Jas de Bouffan means “home of the winds” in the Provençal language. The Cézanne family spent their summers in this large 18th-century house. The massive form of the building, dotted with many windows, and the trees in the park would inspire Cézanne to produce many paintings and watercolours until the house was sold.

Out of admiration or derision, the young painter signed “Ingres” on several works. Ingres’s large painting of Jupiter and Thetis from 1811 has been exhibited at the Granet Museum since 1834. The execution of these murals, which already demonstrated a thorough knowledge of artistic traditions and a search for style, helped convince the stern banker Louis-Auguste Cézanne to allow his son to go to Paris to study art, which he did in 1861.

The Jas de Bouffan estate was sold in September 1899, following the death of the painter’s mother. At the time Cézanne was in close contact with Ambroise Vollard, whose portrait he painted over several months (portrait exhibited in room 08). Thanks to this enterprising dealer, the price of his work finally rose. Was it his idea to remove the murals of his youth from their original walls? They were in fact found in the Vollard estate in 1950.

315 x 98 cm
Inscription, bottom right :  INGRES
Inv. PPP03048

314 x 109,5 cm
Inscription bottom right : INGRES
Inscription bottom left : 1811
Inv. PPP03047

314 x 105 cm
Inscription bottom right : INGRES
Inv. PPP03046

314 x 104 cm
Inscription, bottom right : INGRES
Inscription, bottom left : 1811
Inv. PPP03045

Acquisition details : Gift from Vollard’s heirs, 1950
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