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 Cézanne, Paul: The Château Noir saga
The château in those paintings derives its name from rumors about its owner, rather than from its appearance. It was built in the 18th century by an industrialist from Marseilles, who manufactured lampblack paint (derived from soot). He also used it to decorate the interior walls and furniture of the château. As a result, he was associated with black magic among the local people, who believed that the château was also home to the devil.

1057 x 820 211.2K
211.2K, 1057 x 820

Château Noir
Painted: 1900-04
Oil on canvas
73.7 x 96.6 cm
National Gallery of Art
Washington
Château Noir
Painted: 1904-06
Oil on canvas
73.6 x 93.2 cm
The Museum of Modern Art
New York

1037 x 811 214.2K
214.2K, 1037 x 811

1014 x 826 235.7K
235.7K, 1014 x 826

Château Noir
Painted: 1904-06
Oil on canvas
73 x 92 cm
Musee du Louvre
Paris
Château Noir
Painted: 1902-05
Oil on canvas
70 x 82 cm
Collection Jacques Koerfer
Bern

1002 x 851 211.3K
211.3K, 1002 x 851

837 x 1012 266.0K
266.0K, 837 x 1012

Cistern in the Park at Château Noir
Painted: 1900
Oil on canvas
74.3 x 61 cm
Estate of Henry Pearlman
New York