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Paul Cézanne
Interior with Two Women and a Child. Circa 1861

This canvas, the earliest one by Cézanne in any Russian collection, shows the artist's mother and sisters, Marie (left) and Rose (the small figure in the middle), standing by an aquarium. In spite of the everyday motif chosen by the artist, however, this painting can hardly be described as a genre work. The colour structure is marked by the enhanced emotionality of the local colours which have almost no chromatic transitions. The dense paint texture lends the composition a static quality, and the numerous associations with the Old Masters enhance the sense of being outside time.

Paul Cézanne