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Camille Pissarro. Kitchen Garden, Trees in Flower, Spring, Pontoise. 1877 Paul Cézanne. The Garden of Maubuisson, Pontoise. 1877
Camille Pissarro
Kitchen Garden, Trees in Flower, Spring, Pontoise (Potager, arbres en fleurs, printemps, Pontoise). 1877
Oil on canvas, 25 13/16 x 31 7/8" (65.5 x 81 cm)
Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Gustave Caillebotte Bequest, 1894
© Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, NY
Photo: Pascale Néri

 

Paul Cézanne
The Garden of Maubuisson, Pontoise (Le Jardin de Maubuisson, Pontoise). 1877
Oil on canvas, 19 3/4 x 23 5/8" (50.2 x 60 cm)
Collection Mr. and Mrs. Jay Pack, Dallas, Texas
Photo: Brad Flowers

 

Transmitted light image of Pissarro's Kitchen Garden, Trees in Flower, Spring, Pontoise (1877)

Transmitted light image of Pissarro's Kitchen Garden, Trees in Flower, Spring, Pontoise (1877). The light, shining from behind the canvas, shows through the very thinly painted edges of the forms, showing how Pissarro built the paint around these edges, "reserving" these outlines.

 

Paul Cézanne. The Garden of Maubuisson, Pontoise. 1877
Paul Cézanne. The Garden of Maubuisson, Pontoise (detail). 1877