Turn in the Road

about 1881
Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906)


60.6 x 73.3 cm (23 7/8 x 28 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

On View

Sidney and Esther Rabb Gallery (Gallery 255)





During the 1870s, Cézanne admired and worked closely with Camille Pissarro, one of the most innovative Impressionist landscape painters. In comparison to Pissarro’s more straightforward views of the countryside, this bold landscape shows Cézanne’s interest in complex arrangements of shapes and spaces that challenge the viewer’s perceptions. In this painting, for example, the curving roadway draws us into deep space and at the same time forms a flattened shape on the surface of the painting.


Before 1894, possibly Julien-François Tanguy (b. 1825 - d. 1894), Paris (?). 1894, Théodore Duret (b. 1838 - d. 1927), Paris; March 19, 1894, Duret sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, lot 3, to Paul-César Helleu (b. 1859 - d. 1927), Paris; sold by Helleu to Claude Monet (b. 1840 - d. 1926), Giverny; 1926, by descent from Monet to his son, Michel Monet (b. 1878 - d. 1966), Giverny; 1926/27, sold by Michel Monet to Paul Rosenberg and Co., Paris, for Wildenstein and Co., Paris; 1927, sold by Wildenstein to John Taylor Spaulding (b. 1870 - d. 1948), Boston; 1948, bequest of John Taylor Spaulding to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 3, 1948)

Credit Line

Bequest of John T. Spaulding