This canvas portrays a bank of roadway near Aix-en-Provence, perhaps the entrance to Château Noir, a wooded estate where Cézanne often painted. His chromatic modelling progresses from warm and earthy colours to cool tones for the foliage and sky. Our gaze is drawn to the centre of the clearing, which rises up to reddish rocks in the middle ground before the row of slender trees that reach into the blue sky. Cézanne’s brush becomes looser at the edges, filling the corners with discrete patches of grey and leaving parts of the canvas bare for effect. The result is a vibrant scene glowing with light.