- Color -
Cezanne's palette is unique - combining the bright colors of the impressionists with the earthy
colors of the traditional 19th century French palette. It's a subtle palette, whose colors are
strong and bold. Cezanne painted wet on wet, which has the effect of infusing the colors with
a fullness and a certain muted luminosity. His Impressionist brethern did typically use the earth
colors that helped form the basis of his palette.
There was a black made from burnt peach puts, both an emerald (Veronese) and Viridian green,
yellow ochre and the shadowy French Ultramarine. There was Carmine and a Frence Vermilian, a
bright semi-opaque yellow in the palette as well. There was also Ultramarine Blue, a new color,
made far more inexpensively than earlier blues that had to be made from grinding semi-precious
stones (like lapis) into dust and incorporating them into pigment.