Cézanne painted this hillside scene from direct observation; he believed that “when out-of-door scenes are represented, the contrasts between the figures and the ground are astounding and the landscape is magnificent.” Here the geometric ocher planes of the buildings emerge in focus from the loosely rendered foliage. The road bending down the hill is ultimately subsumed by the greenery, which is composed of a striking array of colors. Nearly half of the Cézanne paintings in MoMA’s collection were originally part of Bliss’s 1934 donation. Turning Road at Montgeroult is temporarily on view while the other Cézanne paintings given by Bliss travel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a special exhibition.
Gallery label from 2022