Steeple of Saint-Pierre at Céret
M. Level. [Galerie de France, Paris, by 1945]; sold to Henry Pearlman, by 11 July 1949; Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation, by 1959.
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.