About This Artwork

Claude Monet
French, 1840-1926

Apples and Grapes, 1880

Oil on canvas
66.5 x 82.5 cm (26 3/16 x 32 1/2 in.)
Inscribed upper left: Claude Monet 1880

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1933.1152

Wildenstein, Claude Monet, cat rais. 1996 1546; Wildenstein, Claude Monet, biographie et catalogue raisonné, 1979 1546

Claude Monet probably painted this and other still lifes in 1879–80, knowing that they would be more readily marketable than his landscapes. In Apples and Grapes, however, he employed the complexity of color, light, and texture found in his most Impressionist landscapes. This is particularly evident in the extensive cloth surface—the play of light on the horizontal brushstrokes (indicating the folds in the tablecloth) recalls earlier canvases in which Monet used similar short horizontals of variegated colors to suggest water rippling in the sunlight.

— Permanent collection label

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Possibly Paris, La Vie Moderne, Monet, 1880, cat. 2, as Corbeille de fruits [acc. to Wildenstein 1996].

New York, Durand-Ruel, Monet, 1902, cat. 8 [acc. to Wildenstein 1996].

Boston, Copley Hall, Monet, 1905, cat. 2.

New York, Durand-Ruel, Monet, 1907, cat. 17 [acc. to Wildenstein 1996].

Washington DC, The Corcoran Gallery, 1911, cat. 21. [acc. to Wildenstein 1996].

New York, Durand-Ruel, Natures mortes et fleurs, 1913-14, cat. 6 [acc. to Wildenstein 1996].

Chicago, Auditorium Hotel, Tableaux Durand-Ruel, 1915 [acc. to Wildenstein 1996].

The Art Institute of Chicago, Century of Progress Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture, June 1-November 1, 1934, cat. 297, as Fruit: Apples and Grapes, 1880.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Century of Progress Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture, June 1-November 1, 1934, cat. 217, as Fruit: Apples and Grapes, 1880.

Toronto, Canada, Art Gallery, European Paintings Lent in Aid of the Canadian Red Cross, November-December, 1940, cat. 102, as Still Life with Apples and Grapes, 1885.

St. Louis, City Art Museum, Claude Monet: A Loan Exhibition, September 25-October 22, 1957, cat. 44 (ill.), as Still Life: Apples and Grapes, 1880; traveled to Minneapolis, Institute of Arts, November 1-December 1, 1957.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings by Monet, March 15-May 11, 1975, cat. 46 (ill.), as Still Life: Apples and Grapes, 1880.

Albi, Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Trésors Impressionnistes du Musée de Chicago, June 27-August 31, 1980, cat. 11, as Nature Morte, Pommes et Raisins, 1880.

Tokyo, Seibu Museum of Art, The Impressionist Tradition: Masterpieces From the Art Institute of Chicago, October 18-December 17, 1985, cat. 39 (ill.) as Still Life: Apple and Grapes, 1880; traveled to Fukuoka, Art Museum, January 5-February 2, 1986; Kyoto, Municipal Museum of Art, March 4-April 13, 1986.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Claude Monet 1840-1926, July 22-November 26, 1995, cat. 55 (ill.), as Still Life with Apples and Grapes, 1880.

Washington, DC, The Phillips Collection, Impressionist Still-Life, September 22, 2001 - January 9, 2002 and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, February 17 - June 9, 2002.

Fort Worth, Tex., Kimbell Museum of Art, The Impressionists: Master Paintings from the Art Institute of Chicago, June 29–November 2, 2008, cat. 33 (ill.).

Publication History

M.C., “Monet in the Art Institute,” The Art Institute of Chicago Bulletin 19 (1925), p.19 (ill.), as Fruits.

George Slocombe, “Giver of Light,” Coronet 3, 5 (March, 1938), p. 19 (ill.), as Still Life: Apples, Grapes, 1880.

Philip Paul Daniels, “Technique of Painting II: A Study of Impressionism,” Coronet (June 1939), p. 101 (ill.).

The Art Institute of Chicago, A Brief Guide to the Collections (Chicago, 1956), p. 34, as Still Life: Apples and Grapes.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Quarterly 51, 2, (April, 1957), p. 30 (ill.), as Still Life: Apples and Grapes.

William C. Seitz, Claude Monet (New York, 1960), p. 30 (ill.), as Still Life: Apples and Grapes, 1880.

The Art institute of Chicago, Paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Chicago, 1961), p. 319, as Still Life: Apples and Grapes, 1880.

Daniel Wildenstein, Claude Monet: Biographie et catalogue raisonné vol. 1 (Paris, 1974), pp. 350-351 (ill.), as Nature Morte: Pommes et Raisin, 1880.

Joel Isaacson, Claude Monet, Observation and Reflection (Oxford, 1978), pp.110, 211 (ill.), as Still Life: Apples and Grapes, 1880.

Tokyo, Seibu Museum of Art, The Impressionist Tradition: Masterpieces From the Art Institute of Chicago, October 18-December 17, 1985, cat. 39 (ill.), as Still Life: Apple and Grapes, 1880; traveled to Fukuoka, Art Museum, January 5-February 2, 1986; Kyoto, Municipal Museum of Art, March 4-April 13, 1986.

Richard R. Brettell, French Impressionists (Chicago, 1987), pp. 67-68, 118 (ill.), as Still Life: Apples and Grapes, 1880.

Andrew Forge, Monet (Chicago, 1995), pp. 24-27, 77, 106 pl. 6 (ill.), as Still Life with Apples and Grapes, 1880.

James N. Wood, ed., Impressionism and Post-Impressionism (Chicago, 2000), p. 64 (ill.), as Still Life with Apples and Grapes, 1880.

The Age of Impressionism at the Art Institute of Chicago (New Haven and London, 2008), cat. 33, p. 81 (ill.).
Mary Mathews Gedo, “Death and Transfiguration,” Monet and His Muse: Camille Monet in the Artists Life, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2010. p. 209-210, fig. 14.3.

Ownership History

Bought from the artist by Cahuzac in November 1880 as Fruits [this and the following information according to Wildenstein 1996]. Durand-Ruel, c. 1883. Catholina Lambert, Paterson, US. Durand-Ruel, 1895; sold to Martin A. Ryerson (died 1932), December 1915; bequeathed to the Art Institute, Chicago, 1933.




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