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The Plate of Apples

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

c. 1877

Artist:

Paul Cezanne (French, 1839–1906)

About this artwork

The lozenge-shaped pattern of the wallpaper identifies the setting for this still life as the Paris apartment where Paul Cezanne and his family lived between 1875 and 1879. Here, the artist disrupted expectations for painting at the time by tipping the tabletop and plate forward toward the viewer and constructing a table with edges that don’t quite align. These disorienting details are complemented by the heavy, almost sculptural forms he created by using a pointed tool—possibly the end of his brush handle—to incise contours into semi-dry paint around the plate and some of the apples.

Status

On View, Gallery 248

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Paul Cezanne

Title

The Plate of Apples

Place

France (Artist's nationality:)

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1872–1882

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed lower right: P.Cezanne

Dimensions

45.8 × 54.7 cm (18 1/8 × 21 1/2 in.); Framed: 71.8 × 82.6 × 10.2 cm (28 1/4 × 32 1/2 × 4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Kate L. Brewster

Reference Number

1949.512

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