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The Vase of Tulips

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.


c. 1890


Paul Cezanne
French, 1839-1906

About this artwork

The table in this still life of flowers and fruit appears in several of Paul Cezanne’s other paintings, although scholars do not agree about which of the artist’s residences housed this piece of furniture. As is typical of Cezanne’s work, the painting is carefully considered and the composition hard won: the traces of at least three other pieces of fruit (presumably oranges) at lower left and near the vase attest to the artist’s changing opinion as he struggled to make the arrangement work. Even in the final version, there remains a tense spatial relationship between the objects, which seem to float in the picture plane rather than being anchored to the tabletop.


On View, Gallery 248


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Paul Cezanne


The Vase of Tulips


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


59.6 × 42.3 cm (23 1/2 × 16 5/8 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Collection

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