Paul Cézanne Turning Road at Montgeroult 1898

  • Not on view

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
Oil on canvas
32 x 25 7/8" (81.3 x 65.7 cm)
Mrs. John Hay Whitney Bequest
Object number
Painting and Sculpture

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Auguste Pellerin, Paris;
Jean-Victor Pellerin, Paris
Wildenstein Galleries, New York
Mr. and Mrs. John Hay Whitney, New York;
Mrs. John Hay Whitney, New York;
The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1998). Mrs. John Hay Whitney Bequest

Per Feilchenfeldt, Walter, Jayne Warman, and David Nash. "La Route tournante à Montgeroult”, 1898 (FWN 323)." The Paintings, Watercolors and Drawings of Paul Cezanne: An Online Catalogue Raisonné. (retrieved Mar 21, 2022).

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