Still Life with Apples

Object Details

Title:

Still Life with Apples

Artist/Maker(s):

Paul Cézanne (French, 1839 - 1906)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

France (Place created)

Date:

1893 - 1894

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

65.4 x 81.6 cm (25 3/4 x 32 1/8 in.)

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During the last thirty years of his life, Paul Cézanne painted the same objects--the green vase, the rum bottle, the ginger pot, and the apples--over and over again. His interest was not in the objects themselves but in using them to experiment with shape, color, and lighting. He arranged his still lifes so that everything locked together. Edges of objects run into each other; for example, a black arabesque seemingly escapes from the blue cloth to capture an apple in the center; the sinuous curves of the blue ginger pot's rattan straps merge with other straps on the body of the bottle behind. Giving form and mass to objects through the juxtaposition of brushstrokes and carefully balanced colors and textures, he gave the painting a sense of comforting stability.

Provenance

Ambroise Vollard, 1867 - 1939 (Paris, France)

Galerie Paul Cassirer (Berlin, Germany; London, England)

about 1910 - still in 1912

Baron Ferenc Hatvany, 1881 - 1958 (Budapest, Hungary; Paris, France)

after 1912 - 1920

Hugo Cassirer, 1869 - 1920 (Berlin, Germany), held in a trust upon his death, 1920.

- 1996

Private Collection (Switzerland; on loan to the Kunsthaus, Zürich until 1995), sold through Artemis Fine Arts Ltd. (London, England) to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996.

Exhibitions
Francouzstí Impressionisté (XXIII. Výstava) (October to November, 1907) (Cat. 54 or 55)
  • "Mánes" Society, (Prague), October to November, 1907
Internationale Kunstausstellung des Sonderbundes Westdeutscher Kunstfreunde und Künstler zu Cöln (May 25 to September 30, 1912) (Cat. 129)
  • Städtische Austellungshalle, (Cologne), May 25 to September 30, 1912
Cézanne-Ausstellung: Cézannes Werke in deutschem Privatbesitz (November to December, 1921) (Cat. 32)
  • Galerie Paul Cassirer, (Berlin), November to December, 1921
La pintura francesa, de David a nuestros días (October to December, 1939) (Cat. 10)
  • Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Buenos Aires, October to December, 1939
European Master Paintings from Swiss Collections: Post-Impressionism to World War II (1976) (no cat. no.)
  • The Museum of Modern Art (New York), 1976
Cézanne Gemälde (January 16 to May 2, 1993) (Cat. 58)
  • Kunsthalle Tübingen, January 16 to May 2, 1993
Cézanne (September 25, 1995 to September 1, 1996) (Cat. 160)
  • Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, (Paris), September 25, 1995 to January 7, 1996
  • Tate Britain, (London), February 8 to April 28, 1996
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, (Philadelphia), May 26 to September 1, 1996
Cézanne and Beyond (February 26 to May 17, 2009) (no cat. no.)
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, (Philadelphia), February 26 to May 17, 2009
1912 - Mission Moderne: Die Jahrhundertschau des Sonderbundes (August 31 to December 30, 2012) (Cat. 21)
  • Wallraf-Richartz-Museum - Fondation Corboud, (Cologne), August 31 to December 30, 2012
Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky (February 7, 2014 to January 25, 2015) (14)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, (Los Angeles), June 8 to September 14, 2014
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