Cezanne concentrated on a few subjects and was equally proficient in each of these genres: still lifes
, portraits, landscapes and studies of bathers. For the last, Cézanne was compelled to design from his imagination, due to a lack of available nude models. Like the landscapes, his portraits were drawn from that which was familiar, so that not only his wife and son but local peasants, children and his art dealer served as subjects. His still lifes are at once decorative in design, painted with thick, flat surfaces, yet with a weight reminiscent of Gustave Courbet
. The 'props' for his works are still to be found, as he left them, in his studio (atelier), in the suburbs of modern Aix.