The Musée Granet is currently staging an exceptional exhibition of some fifteen works by Cézanne including paintings, watercolours, drawings and engravings, thanks to deposits (by the French state, Philippe Meyer or Jean Planque collections), generous donations by private individuals and rare purchases including the Portrait of Emile Zola (circa 1862-1864) acquired in 2011. Around the exceptional loan of Cézanne's oil on canvas, View of the Road to Tholonet near the Château Noir (1900-1904) belonging to the Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation, all of the painter's works of special importance to his native town are on display.
The inclusion in the museum collections of the correspondence between Cézanne and the young painter Charles Camoin seeking advice from the Master of Aix-en-Provence throws the spotlight on the early career of the painter whose period of training was split between the town's free municipal school of drawing which he attended from 1858 to 1862 and the Aix countryside which he roamed with his friend Zola seeking out his first motifs.
Exhibition curators: Bruno Ely, head curator of the Musée Granet.
Guided tours in French (1 hour) on Sundays at 15:30 (except the 1st Sunday of the month and Sunday 19th November).
To mark the Cézanne at home exhibition, the Musée Granet, in collaboration with Wanadev, based in Lyon, presents a unique virtual reality activity. It comprises a 3D immersion into the lounge of the Jas de Bouffan estate, which once belonged to the Cézanne family. Visitors are invited to reconstitute one of the panels painted by the young Cézanne, Bather and the Rocks, which then triggers the recreation of the whole series of panels created by Cézanne between 1865 and 1870. This original, immersive and fun activity, introduces a wider audience to this part of Cézanne's work which is now scattered across the world.