With his deliberately slow painting methods, still lifes were important to Cezanne’s practice. He depicted arrangements of apples and other objects upon a table frequently, as in this piece, where apples tumble from a basket onto a white cloth, next to a bottle and a carefully arranged plate of biscuits. The artist Luc Tuymans said that with such ‘humble’ subjects, ‘Cezanne was able to crack depiction single-handedly.’
The Basket of Apples
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Date of work
Paul Cezanne The Basket of Apples c. 1893 Oil on canvas 65 × 80 cm Presented by the Art Institute of Chicago, Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection 1926.252
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.