Paul Cézanne. Still Life with Apples. 1895-98

Paul Cézanne

Still Life with Apples


Oil on canvas
27 x 36 1/2" (68.6 x 92.7 cm)
Lillie P. Bliss Collection
Object number
Painting and Sculpture
This work is on view on Floor 5, in a Collection Gallery, with 19 other works online.
Paul Cézanne has 21 works online.
There are 2,309 paintings online.

Still Life with Apples demonstrates that the genre of still life can be a vehicle for faithfully representing not only objects but also the appearance of light and space. Painting from nature is not copying the object, Cézanne wrote, it is realizing ones sensations. He consistently drew attention to the quality of the paint and canvasnever aiming for illusion. For example, the edges of the fruit in the bowl are undefined and appear to shift. Rules of perspective, too, are broken; the right corner of the table tilts forward and is not aligned with the left side. Some areas of canvas are left bare, and others, like the drape of the tablecloth, appear unfinished. Still Life with Apples is more than an imitation of lifeit is an exploration of seeing and the very nature of painting.

Gallery label from 2012

This work is included in the Provenance Research Project, which investigates the ownership history of works in MoMA's collection.
Ambroise Vollard (1867-1939), Paris
Maurice Gangnat, Paris
Paul Rosenberg, Paris. c. 1913
Durand-Ruel, Paris
Dikran Khan Kelekian, Paris. c. 1916 - 1922
Sold at the auction sale of the Kelekian collection in New York, at the American Art Association, January 1922
Lillie P. Bliss, New York. Purchased at the auction sale of the Kelekian collection, January 1922 - 1934
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Lillie P. Bliss Collection, 1934

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