Paul Cezanne’s painting “Houses Along a Road”, created around 1881, is an excellent example of Impressionist art. The painting depicts houses on the roadside and captures the artist’s personal impressions in a simple yet expressive manner. The motif of a turn in the road was important in Cezanne’s paintings during this period, serving as an effective means to organize his work.
Measuring 60 x 73.5 cm and housed in The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, the exact location represented in the painting is unknown but could plausibly be Jas de Bouffan where Cezanne lived from childhood until his father’s death when he inherited the house there.
Cezanne spent a personally tumultuous period in near isolation in the South of France during mid-1880s where he produced some of his best-known artwork including Houses Along A Road (Maisons au bord d’une route). In addition to its depiction of typical French architecture as portrayed by buildings along a rural roadway, it is noteworthy for its placement of colors on different planes while also using them to provide unifying thread through various parts of this canvas.
Overall, Houses Along A Road showcases Cezanne’s unique style combining traditional techniques with modern ideas making it one of his most evocative masterpieces that has stood the test time and continues to captivate viewers today.