Landscape with a Village, The Hills Beyond Meulan

Roger de La Fresnaye (French, 1885-1925)

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  • For this view of Meulan, a village north of Paris, the artist emphasized the flat shapes of walls and roofs as well as the fields in the distance. Painted in 1911, just as La Fresnaye began associating with Cubist artists working in Paris, the composition is a network of interlocking planes.
  • La Fresnaye brightened the somber greys and browns common to Cubism by adding touches of red, green, and blue to the vista.
  • The artist also softened the rectilinear treatment of the terrain, injecting the lyrical elements of gently curving, buoyant clouds.

Object Information

artist
Roger de La Fresnaye (French, 1885-1925)
creation date
1911
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
28-1/2 x 23-3/8 in.
36-1/4 x 31-1/4 in. (framed)
accession number
62.220
credit line
Gift of Mrs. Daniel E. Huger
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945

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