Apples were a frequent subject of Cezanne’s still life paintings; he once announced his painterly ambitious by stating ‘I will astonish Paris with an apple!’. Appearing in many of his most celebrated works, he explored the colours and textures of the fruits using a variety of exploratory brushstrokes and techniques. This painting depicts apples gently tumbling from a white bowl, alongside many of the same cloth, pots and bottles used in Still Life with a Ginger Jar and Eggplants
Still Life with Apples
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Date of work
Paul Cezanne Still Life with Apples 1893-4 Oil on canvas 65 × 81 cm The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Digital image courtesy of Getty’s Open Content Program
Paul Cezanne (1839 – 1906) was a French artist who played a pivotal role in the development of modern art. As a Post-Impressionist painter, he developed his own characteristic style, with exploratory brushstrokes and close study of his subjects, painting still lifes, landscapes and portraits. Though he did not achieve much recognition until his later years, his practice had a lasting effect on modern painting, with both Matisse and Picasso among the many artists that cite him as an influence. In 1924, Tate became the first public museum in the United Kingdom to acquire Cezanne’s paintings, and they remain an important part of the collection.