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The Village of Saint-Paul on the Banks of the Durance, 1865

Paul-Camille Guigou

French, 1834-1871
Oil on canvas
25-1/2 x 59-1/4 in. (64.8 x 150.5 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
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Before Cézanne, Guigou was the nineteenth century’s great painter of Provence, proudly regional in his subject matter and reputation. Exhibited at the same Salon where Monet made his debut in 1865 (with Mouth of the Seine at Honfleur, nearby), this bold, horizontal landscape opens a vast expanse of sky, still water, and sunbaked earth. Guigou’s career was somewhat eclipsed by the Impressionist movement. Norton Simon was the first major collector to rediscover his work in the twentieth century.

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