Houses on the Hill (River Bank) is an oil painting on canvas by Paul Cézanne completed between 1900-1906. The artwork exhibits Cézanne’s mastery in using color to depict the sun-baked landscape of L’Estaque, a French town where he executed a series of landscapes dominated by rural houses, the sea, and foliage. This unfinished work showcases the artist’s confidence in using color during his later years.
Cézanne used overlapping vertical blocks of various greens to describe foliage on the hillside while dark blue was used to delineate the houses and bushes in the foreground. The river bank in the painting is suggested by horizontal strokes of green, blue, and orange colors. The use of varied color shades adds depth and dimension to the painting, offering an immersive experience for viewers.
The Houses on the Hill exhibition at McNay Art Museum in San Antonio also resonates with local art enthusiasts due to its vibrant depictions of nature-inspired views as seen from numerous viewpoints around Texas Hill Country. This masterpiece remains one of Cézanne’s most stunning works that laid foundations for modern art concepts which has inspired many contemporary painters today.