Steeple of Saint-Pierre at Céret

Steeple of Saint-Pierre at Céret

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About This Work

Chaïm Soutine (French, 1893-1943)
Steeple of Saint-Pierre at Céret, ca. 1922
Oil on canvas
81.3 x 64.8 cm. (32 x 25 1/2 in.)
Signed lower right: Soutine


M. Level. [Galerie de France, Paris, by 1945]; sold to Henry Pearlman, by 11 July 1949; Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation, by 1959.

Critical Perspective

Soutine learned from Cézanne’s works the importance of the brushstroke in building up compositions. His own landscapes, however, showing motifs in close-up views, seem to dissolve the notion of spatial distance, creating effects that seem expressionist. The tight framing and compression of the motifs create a sense of straining against boundaries that is especially evident in the pale tower. This feeling is augmented by the choice of intense, saturated colors for the houses and trees.