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Road at Auvers-sur-Oise, c. 1873-1874

Paul Cézanne
French, 1839 - 1906
oil on canvas
55.2 x 46.2 cm
Purchased 1946
National Gallery of Canada (no. 4637)

In 1872, the artist moved to Auvers-sur-Oise, a small village of cottages on country lanes. The focus on nature, the brighter colours, and the use of the palette knife reveal the influence of Camille Pissarro, who lived in nearby Pontoise. Cézanne was less interested in the changing effects of light and atmosphere than the Impressionists. As he explained: "I wanted to make Impressionism something solid and durable."

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