Provence has a rich cultural history, with many icons relating to art, literature and music, having connections to the area. One such icon is Paul Cézanne, a French artist and Post-impressionist painter who was born in Aix-en-Provence on 19th January 1839. He also passed away in the city on 22nd October 0906. He is widely viewed as the artist who brought together late 19th century Impressionism and Cubism, the early 20th century’s new line of artistic enquiry.
Cézanne studied at the college Bourbon for six years, between the years 1852 and 1859. During this time he met and befriended the French writer; Emile Zola. Zola based the character of Claude Lantier in his work; Rougon-Macquart on Cézanne.
It is documented that painted Mont Sainte Victoire over 60 times. This is an east-west mountain ridge which is situated near Aix-en-Provence has long been popular with many painters as it is a very distinctive feature of the area. Cézanne painted many other local areas in Provence, his most notable creation being that of a location half way between Aix-en-Provence and the small village of Le Tholonet.