Can You Identify All These Cezanne Paintings?

By: Sameena Mughal
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Can You Identify All These Cezanne Paintings?
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About This Quiz

Although he worked in a time when Impressionism was all the rage in Paris, Paul Cezanne saw himself as something else. He preferred to be more orderly in his approach to painting. The Impressionists worked in nature, but he preferred to work in a studio. Even the brush strokes he used were thought out. He wanted his paintings to have a more substantial look instead of light "impressions."

Cezanne developed his painting style after studying with Camille Pissarro and Vincent Van Gogh. After working with Pissarro, he used a vivid color palette. He refined his brush stroke style after his time with Van Gogh. Cezanne was creative in his use of perspective. These techniques stood out in his still lifes. In these paintings, he would lay out fruit and other objects in unusual ways and play with angles. All of it was meticulous and thought out.

His career spanned close to 40 years. In that time, he produced 900 oil paintings and 400 watercolors. He was so influential that even the master painter, Pablo Picasso, referred to him as his "one and only master" and the "father of us all."

When it comes to Cezanne, there's a lot to know. Answer our questions, and see how your Cezanne knowledge measures up! Enjoy!

The Large Bathers Do you the name of this influential work?
"The Large Bathers"
"The Large Bathers" is the largest of Cezanne's paintings. His use of colors and shapes inspired other artists. English artist, Henry Moore, described seeing this painting for the first time as being a profound moment in his life.
"Les Demoiselles de Avignon"
"The Bather"
"Women Bathing"

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The Basket of Apples Cezanne Can you name this famous still life?
"Still Life with Milk Jug and Fruit"
"Apples and Oranges"
"The Basket of Apples"
In "The Basket of Apples" and other paintings like it, Cezanne played with skewed perspective. He would use everyday objects like fruit and bowls and would display them in unusual angles.
"Ginger Jar"

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Cezanne, Card Players What is the name of this realistic painting?
"A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte"
"The Card Players"
"The Card Players" is a series of five paintings of varying sizes. Cezanne painted this masterpiece within five years. The largest is about 4 1/2 by 6 feet, and the smallest is 1 1/2 by 2 feet.
"Mont-Saint Victoire seen from Bellevue"
"Vision After the Sermon"

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Boy in a Red Vest Cezanne This painting is considered one of Cezanne's masterpieces. Can you tell us the name?
"Self-Portrait"
"Portrait of Ambroise Villard"
"Boy in a Red Vest"
This painting was one of a series of four paintings and two watercolors. It's considered one of Cezanne's masterpieces. The first owner of the painting, Claude Monet, called Cezanne, "the greatest of us all."
None of these

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Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier, Paul Cezanne Do you know what this work of art is called?
"Apples"
"Dish of Peaches"
"Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier"
The artist Gauguin so admired" Rideau, Cruchon, et Compotier" that he didn’t just buy it, he also put it in the background of one of his own paintings. This piece of art is thought to be the most expensive still life paintings ever sold at auction.
"Les Noces de Pierrette"

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Mont Sainte-Victoire Cezanne Can you tell us the title of this painting?
"Mont Sainte-Victoire"
Cezanne would paint Mont Sainte-Victoire many times throughout his career. He even had a specific spot where he would paint it. This subject turned into a series of over two dozen paintings and watercolors.
"Poplars in the Sun"
"La Loge"
"Nevermore"

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Forest Cezanne This title has only one word. Can you guess what it is?
"Spring"
"Forest"
This painting depicts a wooded area near the artist's hometown of Aix-en-Provence. Cezanne painted it in the early 20th century. It is an oil on canvas currently located in the National Gallery of Canada.
"Host"
"Poppies"

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Trees and Houses Cezanne Do you know this Cezanne?
"Trees and Houses"
This is another area closely situated to Cezanne's family home near Aix-en-Provence. He placed the bare and brightly lit trees against the background of the house. He painted two more paintings with this subject.
"Trees by the Water"
"The Lac D'Annecy"
"Gardanne"

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Pyramid of Skulls Cezanne Hamlet anyone? Can you say the name?
"The Bay of Marseille"
"Still Life with Skull"
"Pyramid of Skulls"
This series was a definite departure from the landscapes and still lifes Cezanne had done previously. These pieces were darker and more grave. When he painted them, he had a preoccupation with death.
"The Flooded Grave"

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Kitchen Table Cezanne You have one in your house. Can you tell us the title?
"Kitchen Table"
Paul Cezanne was not a traditionally trained painter and was criticized for it. Because of this, he set a goal to "astonish Paris with an apple." He succeeded but managed to astonish with so much of his other work.
"The Jas De Bouffan 2"
"View of Auvers Sur Oise"
None of these

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Self-Portrait, 1879 Cezanne What is this one called?
"Cezanne"
"Self-Portrait, 1879"
Cezanne did over 30 self-portraits. They weren't just his personal documentation of 40 years of work. Art historians see this painting as a change in style, a new era in the artist's work.
"The Artist"
"One Man"

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Portrait of Chocquet Cezanne Do you know who this is?
"Eugene Murer"
"Pere Tanguy"
"Madame Victor Chocquet"
"Portrait of Chocquet"
Victor Chocquet was a supporter of Impressionist art and friend to Renoir and Cezanne. He collected the work of both artists early on. They returned the favor by painting him more than once.

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The Fishermen Cezanne Can you give us the title of this Cezanne masterpiece?
"The Gulf of Marseilles Seen from L'Estaque"
"The Fishermen"
Cezanne showed "The Fisherman" at the third Impressionist Exhibition in 1877. It is heavily influenced by Manet and Monet and their work from the 1860s. Hints of Venetian painting show up, too.
"Rocks in the Forest"
None of these

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The Bay from L'Estaque Cezanne This scenic view is from which painting?
"Garden at Sainte-Adresse"
"The Sea"
"The House of Pere Lacroix in Auvers"
"The Bay from L'Estaque"
Cezanne painted "L'Estaque" many times. It was one of his favorite high views. He showed the changes in season, sunlight, and of the village using bold, warm reds and cool blues.

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House in Provence Cezanne This serene scene has a name. Can you tell what it is?
"Dr. Gachet House"
"House in Provence"
Paul Cezanne painted the landscape of his home in Provence many times. Another subject he used in his paintings many times he used again in this oil painting: Mont Sainte-Victoire.
"The Yellow House"
None of these

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The Oilmill Cezanne Do you know the title of this piece of art with the unusual center?
"Castle of Marines"
"Chestnut Trees and Farmstead of Jas de Bouffin"
"The Oilmill"
This painting is another example of Cezanne's play on perspective and how he experiments with it. He makes the centerpiece, the castle, appear far away and places the greenery more in the foreground.
"Ille de France Landscape"

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The Great Pine Cezanne This illustration of a mighty tree is called what?
"Bottom of the Ravine"
"The Alley at Chantilly"
"Bend in Forest Road"
"The Great Pine"
"The Great Pine" started in France but made its way north - way north. During its travels, it went to a museum in Moscow. From there, it ended up in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.

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Pierrot and Harlequin Cezanne Can you guess what the name of this fun painting is?
"The Harlequin's Carnival"
"Carnival Evening"
"Pierrot and Harlequin"
Cezanne grew up around carnivals and festivals in his hometown, so he had a familiarity with them. For this piece, he had his son pose for the Harlequin and made it a family affair.
"Dressing for the Carnival"

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Portrait of Ambroise Vollard Who is this portrait of?
"Portrait of Ambroise Vollard"
For this oil on canvas portrait, Cezanne asked his art dealer, Ambroise Vollard, to pose for him. He was the first to paint him in 1899. Pablo Picasso went on to paint him 11 years after.
"Seated Peasant"
"Portrait of Gustave Geffroy"
"Portrait of a Man"

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Avenue at Chantilly Cezanne What did Cezanne call this piece?
"Hillside in Provence"
"Avenue at Chantilly"
"Avenue at Chantilly" was just one of many interpretations the master painted repeatedly. Like Mont Sainte-Victoire, he treated it slightly differently in each treatment of this motif.
"The Arc Valley"
"Large Pine"

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Rocks in the Forest Cezanne Do you know the title of this woodland wonder?
"Woods with Millstone"
"In the Park of the Chateau Noir"
"View of the Domaine Sainte-Joseph"
"Rocks in the Forest"
In "Rocks in the Forest," Cezanne continues to play with perspective, this time with rocks. Art historians disagree over where this illustration was painted. Some say it's Provence, while others say Fontainebleau.

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The Black Marble Clock Cezanne Can you name this piece for us?
"Large Shell and Vase"
"Vase and Cup"
"The Black Marble Clock"
As always, the artist plays with the positioning and proportion of objects. The title of the painting is "The Black Marble Clock," but that's not the center of the painting. Instead, the center is the giant, fish-looking shell.
"Still Life"

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Maincy Bridge Cezanne What do you think the artist called this painting?
"Banks of the Marne"
"Maincy Bridge"
Art scholars have had their share of trouble dating and placing "Maincy Bridge." It is a fact that Cezanne lived in Melun where the bridge is found, but there is very little in the way of written record about it.
"Langlois Bridge at Arles"
"Landscape with a Stone Bridge"

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The House with the Cracked Walls Cezanne What's the name of this artwork with the split structure?
"View of Bordighera"
"Fisherman's Cottage at Varengeville"
"Turning Road at Montgeroult"
"The House with the Cracked Walls"
"The House with the Cracked Walls" is unique beyond the obvious reason. Cezanne usually painted sites outside his studio in his hometown several times. He only painted this one once.

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View of Auvers Sur Oise What is this scene of tranquility known as?
"Green Trees and Houses"
"View of Auvers Sur Oise"
"View of Auvers Sur Oise" was stolen from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford in 1999. Like the artist, this thief was a master. To this day, the thief and the masterpiece have never been located.
"Houses in a Valley"
None of thesse

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Woods with Millstone Cezanne Do you know what this illustration is called?
"Factories Near Mont de Cengle"
"Pine and Aqueduct"
"Woods with Millstone"
The master painted "Woods with Millstone" in the late 19th century. This site is another one near his home in the South of France. It's notable how accurate he was depicting this place.
"Stones and Trees"

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Pines and Rocks Cezanne Cezanne's nature paintings are numerous. Which one is this?
"Pines and Rocks"
The beauty of "Pines and Rocks" is that a few colors seem like many. In true master style, Cezanne was able to infuse violets, yellows and reds to a scene that looks mostly blue and green.
"Woods"
"Top of a Hill"
None of these

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Château_Noir Cezanne This mysterious castle is famous. Can you tell us the name?
"Castle Night"
"The House and the Tree"
"Gardanne"
"Chateau Noir"
After his move to Provence, Cezanne explored the pastoral area to find inspiring subjects to paint. One of the major ones he discovered was Chateau Noir. He painted it many times on site.

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A Modern Olympia Cezanne What is this brightly colored masterwork called?
"Watching Flowers in a Forest"
"Woman Laying in Woods"
"Portrait of Madame Cezanne"
"A Modern Olympia"
Edouard Manet's Olympia inspired "A Modern Olympia." This was a strange choice because Manet's Olympia horrified the art community at the time. However, Cezanne took the theme to another level.

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L"Estaque, Melting Snow Cezanne Can you tell us the name of this whirling countryside?
"Jordan's Cottage"
"L'Estaque, Melting Snow"
Cezanne ended up in the town of L'Estaque in 1870 after France went to war with Prussia. It's no surprise that the artist had no interest in fighting a war and avoided it. He painted "L'Estaque, Melting Snow" there.
"Snow at Louvesciennes"
"Winter Landscape"

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Still Life with Peppermint Bottle Cezanne Do you know what Cezanne called this spread?
"Covered Table"
"Apples and Glasses"
"Still Life with Peppermint Bottle"
Yet again, the master painter took an unusual approach to the still life. He completely covers the table. His skill is apparent in how all these objects have their own space, and it doesn't feel cluttered.
"Bottles on a Table"

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Orchard in Pontoise Cezanne Can you tell us this painting's title?
"The Pigeon Tower at Bellevue"
"Green Spring"
"House with Blue Roof"
"Orchard in Pontoise"
"Orchard in Pontoise" reminds one of a country villa but is actually a suburb of Paris. This painting gives a real feeling of Impressionism with its vibrant green. Camille Pissarro painted a similar landscape, showing the winter.

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Path at the Entrance to the Forest Cezanne What is the name of this composition?
"Path at the Entrance to the Forest"
Little is known about "Path at the Entrance to the Forest." It is similar in theme to "Dr. Gachet House" and the masterpiece, "Mont Saint-Victoire Seen from Bellevue" with a path as a focus of the art.
"The Oise Valley"
"Village Behind Trees"
"The Bare Trees at Jas de Bouffan"

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Man in a Blue Smock Cezanne Can you tell us the title of this portrait?
"Man in a Blue Smock"
"Man in a Blue Smock" sits in the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. The man in this composition is not a model. Rather, he is a worker as Cezanne preferred ordinary people to models.
"The Artist's Father"
"Seated Peasant"
"The Gardener Vallier"

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Maison Maria with a View of Chateau Noir Cezanne Cezanne gave what title to this one?
"Yellow House with Trees"
"Another House in Provence"
"Maison Maria with a View of Chateau Noir"
The buildings of Provence were a favorite motif of Cezanne's. "Maison Maria with a View of Chateau Noir" was another landscape painting filled with familiar subjects. Still, no one knows who Maria was.
"House on a Hill"

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Poplars Cezanne This is another picture set on the grounds of a chateau. What's its name?
"Provence"
"Poplars"
Poplars was set near Pontoise. Although Cezanne was always inspired by nature, the tall trees intrigued him. Camille Pissarro painted in the same area, too.
"Wind in Trees"
None of these

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Portrait of Vallier Cezanne Another one of many portraits. Do you know who it's of?
"Portrait of Artist"
"Sitting Man"
"Uncle Dominique"
"Portrait of Vallier"
The man depicted here, Vallier, was Cezanne's gardener. It was one of his last paintings, but the frequent flecks of green give it an evergreen look, like Cezanne's approach to life.

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Preparation for a Banquet Cezanne What is the name of this muted scene?
"Preparation for a Banquet"
You can find Cezanne's work all over the world. "Preparation for a Banquet" made its way to the other side of the globe. It now resides in the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo.
"Picador Painting"
"Four Bathers"
"Neried and Tritons"

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Madame Cezanne with Loosened Hair Cezanne What is the name of this portrait featuring a demure lady?
"Seated Woman"
"Madame Cezanne with Loosened Hair"
The artist painted his wife, Hortense Fiquet, around 44 times. He met her in 1869 when she was an artist's model in Paris. These portraits evoke deeper emotions, especially this one.
"Portrait of Maria"
"Portrait of Pensive Woman"

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