Still Life with Apples and Oranges

Like many of Paul Cézanne's still lifes, still life with apples and oranges, makes the underlying shape and style the priority. Instead of attempting to show the subject in neat perfect detail and perspective Cézanne pursues the geometry of life. Through out this painting the various triangles and lines form the folds and contours of the fabric and table which envelope the scattered fruits and dishware. The surrounding furniture is covered in carpet which is stiff enough to not reveal the object beneath, creating a landscape of rolling pattern and texture. The complexity of the carpet is toned down by the white sheet, which draws the eye to each individual item. The pitcher is set so far back in the painting that, by virtue of the edges of the table, it should be teetering in space. In the exact center of the painting sits a fruit that is so perfectly round and colorful that it could be either an apple or orange. Perfectly placed, the entire scene surrounds the only fruit which stands on it own. This painting is so classically Cézanne.

-RS

1895-1900, Oil on Canvas, 29 x 37 in (74 x 93 cm), Musé d'Orsay, Paris

1895-1900, Oil on Canvas, 29 x 37 in (74 x 93 cm), Musé d'Orsay, Paris