I first came across this painting while studying at the Sorbonne many years ago. If Cezanne had just named it “The House” or “The Cottage”, I don’t think it would have stuck with me. Happily, great art historians, such as GNAY, have found no evidence that a man was actually hanged or committed suicide in this house. Although I am, as you may know, all about getting to the truth, I think this intriguing but misleading title was a brilliant move by Cezanne as it brought much acclaim and discussion to the painting. A lesser artist would have just put a cat in the foreground. Meow.


January 28, 2016

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