Cezanne did a number of paintings of Mont Sainte – Victoire which is fortunate for us as we can see the consistencies in his compositions. These paintings show us that repeating and refining is a strength in art.
We see the same considerations in this composition as the last post. It takes time and a great deal of effort to develop a masterful composition and good artists will continue to refine the endless possibilities. I think the first composition in a series, whether figurative or abstract, is an opening to infinite refinements We see this in the work of most masters, no matter what their discipline.
I don’t know which of these paintings was first, no matter, what is important is we see the same rhythms and integrations. What matters is each painting required its own refinements which are assessed differently to suit each composition. In other words has it’s own voice. One key difference are the angles we see in the branches, paralleling the road and other lines in the fields. Wonderful integration providing oblique movement leading into the composition from the bottom right and great structure. I also love the sophistication of how that black rectangle provides the focus. Also, note the green line coming up from the tree towards the black rectangle is fantastic! Do you see the triangle it creates reinforcing the importance of the rectangle?
There is also a harmonious rhythmic line running across the bottom, supporting the rhythm of the branches. I must also point out the parallel lines in the mountain directing us towards the black rectangle.
What a painter!