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This work was inspired by French artist Paul Cézanne’s watercolor-touched drawings of the woods around Aix-en-Provence. In 1927 Hartley rented a house in the same picturesque French town.
Stieglitz was so impressed by Hartley’s early paintings that he offered Hartley two exhibitions at 291.
Hartley was introduced to the work of Picasso, Matisse, and Cézanne by Stieglitz. He traveled to Paris and was drawn into the circle of modern writers and artists associated with the expatriate American collector Gertrude Stein.