Still Life with Blue Pot

Object Details

Title:

Still Life with Blue Pot

Artist/Maker(s):

Paul Cézanne (French, 1839 - 1906)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

France (Place created)

Date:

about 1900 - 1906

Medium:

Watercolor over graphite

Dimensions:

48.1 x 63.2 cm (18 15/16 x 24 7/8 in.)

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The still life was a principal theme throughout Paul Cézanne's artistic career. Using a repertoire of everyday objects such as fruit, jugs, bottles, and plates, he experimented with relationships of form, color, and pattern. Although the groupings seem casual, Cézanne is known to have taken great care with the arrangement, sometimes spending hours positioning the objects.

In this brightly colored watercolor, Cézanne's monumental conception of form is evident: the jug, the two pots, one white, one blue, and the seven apples assume a physical presence beyond normal perception of their existence. Using small patches of color laid next to one another, Cézanne evoked the plasticity of substance, building form rather like bricks build structures. His fresh and vigorous brushstrokes are visible against the background wall as areas of greens and blues are juxtaposed. The apples are described with red arcs around the perimeter, then yellow brushstrokes next to the red; the empty middle suggests light reflecting off the surface. Curving brushstrokes of brown, green, and blue that seem to blend with the bottom half of the wall actually compose the tablecloth.

Provenance

Galerie Matthiesen

Werner Feuz (Zürich, Switzerland)

Gottfried Tanner (Zürich, Switzerland)

Jacques Seligmann, 1858 - 1923 (Paris and New York), Paris and New York

Lord Seiff of Brimpton

April 26, 1967

Sotheby's (London), lot 18

Norton Simon, American, 1907 - 1993

May 2, 1973

Parke-Bernet Galleries (New York), lot 9

Goury (Geneva (?))

July 1, 1980

Sotheby's (London), lot 5

Alain Delon

Exhibitions
Das Stilleleben in der deutschen und französischen Malerie (1927)
  • Galerie Matthiesen, (Berlin), 1927
Watercolors by Cézanne (1933) (1)
  • Jacques Seligmann et Fils, (New York), 1933
Paul Cézanne, 1839-1906 (June to July, 1956) (Cat. 93 / 210)
  • Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, (The Hague), June to July, 1956
A Great Period of French Painting (June to July 1963) (6)
  • Marlborough Gallery, (London), June to July, 1963
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (24)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994) (97)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Cézanne (September 25, 1995 to September 1, 1996) (197)
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, (Philadelphia), May 26 to September 1, 1996
To Create a Living Art: 19th Century Drawings (May 1 to July 15, 2001) (197)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), May 1 to July 15, 2001
Cézanne in the Studio: Still Life in Watercolors (October 12, 2004 to January 2, 2005) (1)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 12, 2004 to January 2, 2005
Defining Modernity: European Drawings 1800-1900 (June 5 to September 9, 2007) (1)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), June 5 to September 9, 2007
Education Resources

Education Resource

Subjects

Grades

Format

Still-Life Painting: Arranging Nature–Lesson 1

This lesson plan explores still-life painting. Students define the genre and practice watercolor technique.

Visual Arts

9-12

Two-Part Lesson

Still-Life Painting: Arranging Nature–Lesson 2

This lesson plan explores still-life painting. Students create a still-life painting in watercolor from direct observation.

Visual Arts

9-12

Two-Part Lesson

Still-Life Painting: Arranging Nature–Lesson 3

This lesson plan explores still-life painting. Students paint a still life in an opaque medium and write an artist's statement.

Visual Arts

9-12

Two-Part Lesson

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