Wednesday, 30 May 2012

House of the Hanged Man, Auvers-sur-Oise, Paul Cezanne

House of the Hanged Man, Auvers-sur-Oise
La maison du pendu, Auvers-sur-Oise

Being in an arty sort of mood, we began watching the BBC series “The Impressionists” again. It’s just fantastic. The script is based on correspondence of the Impressionists and their circle as well as newspaper accounts of the day so there’s little “artistic license” (pardon the pun) with the story line. No extra fluff to “move the story along”. That's a relief.  Who needs to tamper with the lives of Renoir, Monet and Cezanne?

We just finished watching the part about the first Impressionist Exhibition (Société Anonyme Coopérative des Artistes Peintres, Sculpteurs et Graveurs) held in 1874 at Nadar’s studio on Boulevard des Capucines. This exhibition was organized by the artists after their work was refused by the official Salon. SPOILER:  Their efforts weren’t well received (If you pick up the DVD I hope you forget about this).

First Impressionist Exhibition

Yes – I’m getting to the point……

Among the masterpieces on exhibit was Cezanne’s 'House of the Hanged Man' which he painted in 1873 while living in Auvers-sur-Oise, a small town just north of Paris.

So, what I've forgotten somewhere along the line, or never thought about at all, is (drumroll) who was this hanged man and what was he hanged for? Why aren’t they spilling the beans on that one? I figured it must be something gruesome or scandalous.

Well, turns out I was wrong. Supposedly, the house had been owned by a Breton man named Penn’Du, which sounds like the French word for hanged man - 'Pendu'. Hmmmmm.

Cezanne also did a print in 1873 (same year) entitled "Guillaumin with the Hanged Man".  In this image he actually has a little man hanging in the corner.  I read that the tiny hanging man was the sign of an inn called 'Le Pendu'.  Well there sure are a lot of coincidences here!

Guillaumin au pendu

I haven’t found where the information on the titles originates, so further research is required.  I have to go now - where are the grant applications?

Musée d'Orsay, Paul Cezanne

Worh picking up!

1 comment:

  1. Paul Cezanne6/25/2014

    I can´t show you my forgotten oilpainting on this site, but you can go to my Facebook profile Paul Cezanne Aix and look at this beautiful oilpainting (landscapespainting) from 1878. 68 cm x 54 cm Here you can se my hole palette and the start at the cubism. Then we can disqus this long forgotten oilpainting. Thank you
    Paul Cezanne