Let’s look at them together now:
|Loper, Houses and Hotel, 2000, Private Collection|
Cézanne, Chateau Noir, 1904-06, MoMA
In the Cézanne, the foliage moves back in space in sections, as if each bulging color volume undulates in and out as it moves down and back. A lighter bulge of rounded foliage now in the upper right sets back the curling mass of foliage. It, in turn, pushes back the yellow building. The blue of the sky continues the recession. The tops of the trees create lacy, jagged patterns against the ochre of the buildings and repeat in the white/gray cloud shapes against the blue of the sky. In contrast, the rectilinear shapes of the building halt and counter this progression, wedged between the foliage and the sky.
Compare the two skies: Loper’s sky becomes a series of more buildings. Each unit, solidly three-dimensional, transforms into a geometric block echoing the buildings in the picture.