Paul Cézanne. Turning Road at Montgeroult. 1898

Paul Cézanne Turning Road at Montgeroult 1898

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Cézanne painted this hillside scene from direct observation; he felt strongly, he said, that "pictures painted inside, in the studio, will never be as good." He also believed that "when out-of-door scenes are represented, the contrasts between the figures and the ground are astounding and the landscape is magnificent." Indeed, the geometric ocher planes of the buildings—boldly outlined in blue—emerge in focus from the loosely rendered foliage. As the road bends down the hill, it shifts and ultimately is subsumed by the greenery, which is actually composed of a striking array of colors. This is the last painting Cézanne made in the small French village of Montgeroult before returning to his hometown of Aix-en-Provence, where he remained until his death.

Gallery label from 2012.
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
32 x 25 7/8" (81.3 x 65.7 cm)
Credit
Mrs. John Hay Whitney Bequest
Object number
586.1998
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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Auguste Pellerin, Paris. By 1927
Jean-Victor Pellerin, Paris. By [1929] 1936 - until at least July 1939
Wildenstein Galleries, London & New York. On consignment from the Pellerin family, from 1939 until March 1, 1948
Mr. and Mrs. John Hay Whitney, New York. Purchased from Wildenstein, New York, March 1, 1948 - 1982
Mrs. John Hay Whitney, New York. 1982 - 1998
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mrs. John Hay Whitney Bequest, 1998

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