Botticelli to Van Gogh

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Oil painting of a landscape with a rocky formation in front of a small farmstead and a hillside covered in fields.

Paul Cézanne
Hillside in Provence

1890–92

Paul Cézanne. Hillside in Provence. c. 1890–92. © The National Gallery, London


Look at the ‘building blocks’ in this landscape. Cézanne seems to be analysing the structures of the rocks rather than focusing on the surface of the hillside.

Think about how this approach varies from the picturesque landscapes from earlier periods.

Create a fractured landscape by cutting up a landscape photograph into squares or angles and gluing them down in a new order.

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