21.01.15 A stove nice enough to paint

Posted on January 21, 2015
Archive : January 2015
Category : News

So, it's my day off and I'm in the National Gallery with my son Nic and as usual before we leave we head off to see Van Gogh's Sunflowers (us and about 500 others this time). While we're waiting for a gap in the throng I wander around the emptier part of the room to look at some of the other masterpieces. Surprisingly, there's a new Cezanne canvas – the stove in the studio. It depicts the artist's rickety old cast iron stove in 1865 complete with a canvas drying at the back of it (obviously ignoring the safe distances to combustible materials) thus proving that not only could Cezanne paint a bit but that, being a Bohemian, he also knew a thing or two about cheap heating solutions. Sadly, being Paris, it's unlikely to have been a Lancashire-made Esse who started building great stoves over a decade before Cezanne's painting. Neither is it the French's favourite British stove, Charnwood, who like Cezanne have also painted some great stoves (currrently in 8 tasteful colours), but only since 1972. Anyway, next time you're in the National take a look at Cezanne's heart warming little cast iron stove – he loved it enough to immortalise it. A picture, which does indeed, paint a thousand words.

Thanks to the National Gallery for a great afternoon out (and it was free).