Mount Sainte-Victoire with a Large Pine

Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) was the son of a rich banker and landowner in Aix-en-Provence, in the south of France.

Cézanne’s father originally hoped that his son would pursue a legal career, but eventually agreed to support him financially as an artist.

In 1861, Cézanne travelled to Paris on the advice of his schoolmate, the writer Émile Zola, and exhibited for some years with Impressionist artists such as Camille Pissarro.

However, he ultimately preferred to work in his native Aix and spent much of his career back at the family farm, the Jas de Bouffan, where his father gave him a studio space.

Cézanne learnt much from Impressionism but whilst many of his contemporaries were focusing on city life, Cézanne chose to depict the landscapes and peasant inhabitants around his home town.