OIL PAINTING: Mt. Sainte-Victorie, 1898
The nearby limestone mountain, Mt. Sainte-Victorie, obsessed Cezanne throughout his career and is visible from his studio window. According to Michelle Fressay, director of the Cezanne studio, the artist tried in 80 oil paintings to capture the mountain, but was never quite satisfied. In 1906, Cezanne was painting near his beloved Mt. Sainte-Victorie when a thunderstorm soaked him and he had to be carried home in a laundry cart, unconscious. Diabetic and frail, he died just a few days later at age 67.