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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.


c. 1877


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.


On View, Gallery 248


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Paul Cezanne


The Plate of Apples


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Inscribed lower right: P.Cezanne


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

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