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Cézanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings

12 July — 18 October 2020

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Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this exhibition.

Tickets purchased for this exhibition will be refunded; please call the RA box office on 0207 300 8090 or tickets@royalacademy.org.uk. However, if you wish to donate the cost of your exhibition or event ticket instead of requesting a refund, you would be helping to support the RA at this difficult time. We are an independent charity and we don’t receive revenue funding from the government, so we are reliant upon the support of visitors, donors, sponsors, and the loyal Friends of the Royal Academy. Thank you.

Around 1869 Paul Cézanne said to his young friend, the poet Joachim Gasquet, “To paint a landscape well, I must first discover its geological foundations”. His fascination with rock formations led to some of his most remarkable paintings and watercolours.

Cézanne was drawn to areas of France notable for their rocky terrain, from the ancient Forest of Fontainebleau to the golden stone and shimmering heat of the abandoned Bibémus Quarry in Provence.

Based on new research, this focused exhibition brings together works in which rocks are the central motif, several of which have not been seen together before. It contrasts the robust presence of the rocks in the oil paintings with the ethereal, almost abstract shapes in the watercolours. The late paintings are among his greatest and most profoundly moving works.

Exhibition organised by the Princeton University Art Museum, in association with the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

#CezanneRocks

12 July — 18 October 2020

Daily 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 10pm

Tickets purchased for this exhibition will be refunded; please call the RA box office on 0207 300 8090 or tickets@royalacademy.org.uk.

The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts