In this painting Cezanne combines several different viewpoints of the jug and fruit. Cezanne often painted the same still life over and over again as he believed that this would enhance his perspective and visual sensations. He believed that using just one viewpoint for still life did not reflect how we perceive objects and the world around us. Like many of his works, it remained deliberately 'unfinished'.
Still Life with Water Jug
Date of work
Oil paint on canvas 53 x 71 cm
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.