History of Art 271
Prof. H. G. Lay
“Road at Chantilly”
During his time, Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) was an unintentional revolutionary in
the world of European painting.
Like the patches of paint on his canvas, his early
impressionistic style laid the groundwork upon which he built.
As he added brushstrokes
of color, his desire for depth in his work led him to learn from observation and create a
style that was almost architectural.
Building upon his later work, artists such as Picasso
and Matisse developed a new-age style that revolutionized painting in the early twentieth
Today, at the Toledo Museum of Art, Cezanne’s painting, “Road at Chantilly”,
made in 1888, is on display.
Through a visual analysis of “Road at Chantilly”, the stages
of Paul Cezanne’s career, as well as his painting style, are exemplified.
Almost like a curtain to a stage, the foreground is made up of arching trees and
There is a dull orange path leading through the trees that runs into another,
brighter orange path, perpendicular to it.
The outline of the archway is formed by
choppy, dark brown brushstrokes that create thin, bending trees.
The vegetation on either
side of this clearing is insinuated by blotches of gray, green, yellow and blue paint,
amidst more dark brown trees that fade into the patches of color.
Through the arch there
is a spatial clearing that is made evident by the sky, a patch of blue and gray, which is
above the path perpendicular to the first.
Under the sky there is more foliage which
appears lighter because there is more green and a stronger presence of yellow.
growth creates another arched walk way through which the path continues.
In the center
of the painting it becomes harder to see shapes and purposed lines, patches are only made