Rocks near Caves above the Black Castle
(1839 - 1906)
Oil on canvas
Cezanne was particurlarly interested in capturing the effects of light on stone. He was fascinated by the complexity and the angular facets of stone, as well as the lack of significant perspective that gives his compositions a frontal appearance. As if jumbled, the image is created by the detachment of multiple planes, the contours of which are traced in black and dark blue. However the composition has an intrinsic unity due to the gentle tones and the rhythm of the brushstrokes, which produce an effect similar to his watercolours from the same period. The dense composition gives a grandiose character to theses rocks. The effect of light is seen in a flattening of volumes and a geometrisation of forms characteristic of Cezanne's work.