9, avenue Paul Cézanne
Phone: +33 (0) 4 42 21 06 53
Fax: 33 (0) 4 42 21 90 34

Atelier Cézanne

Nestled on the Lauves hill in Aix en Provence, Cézanne’s studio saw the creation of dozens of masterpieces, today found in the world’s best museums, such as the famous "Grandes Baigneuses" or the many "Sainte Victoire". A studio almost all intact, the private life of the "father of modern art" still dwells there and the mysteries of his creativity hang in the air.

Cézanne spent 2000 francs in 1901 to acquire an old farm and 7000 m2 of land in the commune of Aix en Provence. Situated on the Lauves hill, planted with olive and fig trees, the Verdon canal running alongside it, the land offers a unique panorama of the Sainte Victoire mountain. Cézanne ordered, according to his own plans, the construction of a studio. In September 1902, after ten months of work, he moved in and brought with him all his dearest possessions.

Permanent Collection

stream", the residence is a Provençal country house that the sun seems to have baked. On the ground floor, there are two lounges, a lavatory, a kitchen and a small pantry. Upstairs is the studio itself, lit from the south by two big windows and from the north by a glass roof. Here he would work every day during the last four years of his life.

Each day, in any weather, he left his apartment on the Rue Boulegon, which he shared with his wife, Hortense. From six in the morning until five in the afternoon, he worked in his "big studio in the country". "I’m better here than in the city," he wrote to his art dealer Ambroise Vollard in 1903. "In every corner, the canvases pile up, still on their stretchers or rolled up. (...) His studio was a big mess," noted the writers Rivière and Schnerb, entertained by Cézanne in 1905. The studio in Lauves saw the painter’s last works come into the world: the Grandes Baigneuses, the portrait of the gardener Vallier, views of the garden, still lifes...
After his death, the studio, closed and forgotten, went to sleep with the everyday life of the painter. His possessions remained there: painting materials, clothing, objects for his still lifes. In 1921, Marcel Joannon – known as Marcel Provence – a reviver of Provençal verse, purchased it. Fervent admirer of the former owner, he only lived in the downstairs. He left the studio upstairs just as Cezanne had left it, determined to preserve a "precious heritage, the spiritual richness attached to these wall, to this garden".

"Everything evoked so strongly the presence of the painter that I was disconcerted," noted Adrien Chappuis after visiting the studio. "My usual under...+ [ Read all ]

Opening hours

2 January – 31 March: open daily from 10am-12pm / 2pm-5pm
1 April – 30 June: open daily from 10am-12pm / 2pm-6pm
Closed on May 1
1 July -9 September: open daily from 10am-6pm
10 September – 30 September: open daily from 10am-12pm / 2pm-6pm
1 October – 31 December: open daily from 10am-12pm / 2pm-5pm
Closed on 25 December

Getting there

Take bus number 1 from the Rotonde in Aix-en-Provence. The bus stop is located in front of the St Christophe hotel and departs every 20 minutes. Get off at stop “Cézanne


The atelier benefits from an audio-visual room, a library-shop and a refreshment room. Please see website for conferences and animations.

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