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Grapes, Lemons, Pears, and Apples

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

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Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890)

About this artwork

This is one of a group of related canvases featuring seasonal fruit that Vincent van Gogh painted in the fall of 1887. In these works, he simplified his palette, employed more vibrant colors, and used a thicker, broader paint application than he had earlier. Here he explored the use of complementary colors—yellow and purple, blue and orange, and red and green—in the service of chromatic intensity. The effect of these color contrasts is heightened by the pulsating pattern of brushstrokes that defines the tablecloth and creates a force field around the fruit. The painting was probably among the “violent still lifes”—to quote Van Gogh’s friend the painter Emile Bernard—that he included in the group exhibition of young avant-garde artists that he organized at a local restaurant in November–December 1887.


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Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Vincent van Gogh


Grapes, Lemons, Pears, and Apples


Paris (Object made in)

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Oil on canvas


46.5 × 55.2 cm (18 1/4 × 21 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Kate L. Brewster

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