Paul Cezanne’s “Road in Chantilly” is an oil on canvas landscape painting from his mature period, measuring 81 x 65 cm. Originally known as “Avenue at Chantilly” and later referred to as “The Alley at Chantilly,” the painting features a shady avenue with a cross-shaped tree. A similar tree can be found in other Cezanne works, such as “Avenue at Chantilly III” and “The Barrier at Chantilly.”
Completed in 1888, the painting depicts a tranquil scene that has become synonymous with the work of Paul Cezanne. This particular landscape is notable for its geometric structure and use of color to create depth and movement. The subdued, earthy tones reflect the time period’s interest in nature and natural forms.
Today, this iconic work of art can be found at the Toledo Museum of Art. It serves as a shining example of Cezanne’s unique approach to painting landscapes, which focused on form rather than realism. As one of his most famous paintings from his mature period, it continues to inspire artists today.