Cézanne Mural Found in Artist’s Childhood Residence in Aix-en-Provence

The Art Newspaper recently reported the discovery of a previously unknown mural by the renowned impressionist painter Paul Cézanne, found during renovations of his childhood residence in Aix-en-Provence, France. This mural, uncovered beneath several layers of plaster and wallpaper, marks the tenth of its kind found within the walls of Bastide du Jas de Bouffan. The discovery occurred last August in the Grand Salon as the house was being prepared for an event celebrating Cézanne’s ties to the city.

The house had previously revealed nine other murals, created by Cézanne between 1859 and 1869, before the property was sold to the Granel-Corsy family in 1899. These murals were transferred onto canvas and are now housed in prestigious museums worldwide, such as the Petit Palais and Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Chrysler Museum of Art, and the Nakata Museum in Onomichi, Japan.

These nine murals are also listed in John Rewald’s 1996 catalogue raisonné of Cézanne’s works, and the newly discovered mural will be included in the catalogue’s updated online version.

The latest mural, titled Entrée du port (Entrance to the Port), depicts long pennants fluttering in the wind, what seem to be ship masts topped with flags, and a series of buildings on the right side of the wall. The Art Newspaper suggests that Cézanne may have drawn inspiration from artists Claude-Joseph Vernet or Claude Lorrain when creating the murals at Bastide du Jas de Bouffan. It is believed that Cézanne later painted over much of Entrée du port with his 1864 piece, Jeu de cache-cache (Game of Hide & Seek), and that the Granel family subsequently concealed any remaining parts of the Entrée after acquiring the home.