Paul Cézanne. Still Life with Apples. 1895-98

Paul Cézanne Still Life with Apples 1895-98

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“Painting from nature is not copying the object,” Cézanne wrote, “it is realizing one’s sensations.” In this work the artist demonstrates that a still life can be more than an imitation of life—it can be an exploration of seeing and of the very nature of painting. Never aiming for mere illusion, Cézanne consistently drew attention to the quality of the paint and canvas. Here, for example, some areas of canvas are left bare, and others, like the drape of the tablecloth, appear unfinished. Rules of perspective, too, are broken: the right corner of the table tilts forward and is not aligned with the left side.

Gallery label from 2022
Oil on canvas
27 x 36 1/2" (68.6 x 92.7 cm)
Lillie P. Bliss Collection
Object number
Painting and Sculpture

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Ambroise Vollard, Paris
Maurice Gangnat, Paris
Paul Rosenberg, Paris
Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris and New York
Dikran K. Kelekian, Paris;
Kelekian Collection, American Art Association, New York, Jan. 30–31, 1922, no. 156, ill.
Lillie P. Bliss, New York;
The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1934). Lillie P. Bliss Collection

Per Feilchenfeldt, Walter, Jayne Warman, and David Nash. "Nature morte”, 1895-98 (FWN 869)." The Paintings, Watercolors and Drawings of Paul Cezanne: An Online Catalogue Raisonné. (retrieved Mar 21, 2022).

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