Cezanne included many of the elements in this piece in several of his other still life table-top arrangements, and painted different views of this particular display, with its plaster cupid. This portrait oriented piece gives us a curious, zoomed-in crop of the assembly, with an unusual viewpoint. Other paintings are included in the still life, leaning against walls and each other.
Still life with Plaster Cupid
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Date of work
Paul Cezanne Still life with Plaster Cupid c.1894 Oil on paper 71 x 57 cm The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) Photo © The Courtauld / Bridgeman Images
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.