The Basket of Apples

The Basket of Apples by Paul Cezanne

The Basket of Apples by Paul Cezanne was produced in 1895 and is considered to be one of the famous artworks of Post Impressionism movement. The work can be viewed now at Art Institute of Chicago Building, Chicago


Medium: Oil Painting 

Subject(s): apple, basket, wine


The Basket of Apples is an oil painting produced in 1895 by French painter Paul Cezanne.

This painting by Paul Cezanne was noticed widely for its disjoint perspectives.

The Basket of Apples due to its unbalanced parts was regarded as a balanced composition. Many unbalanced parts include the titled bottle, cookies shortened lines, inclined basket and the right side of the painting containing the table cloth does not matches with the same plane as the left side giving a view that there are two different viewpoints. This type of painting helped to form a bridge from Cubism to impressionism. The canvas at the top shows a wine bottle, table cloth, a plate containing some cookies or rolls and a tipped up basket exposing fruits inside. Everything seems satisfactory unless someone notices the error in the drawing as showing from the lines of the table that represents close and far edges.

Many other errors include the table which was drawn too steeply tipped towards the left that viewers get a feeling about the fruit that it would roll and fall down the table. The bottle looks tipsy and the cookies are very odd indeed. The drawing of cookies was regarded as very odd and some thought that they were viewed from the side rather than the front. The two cookies on the top seem upward as someone was looking down at them.

Cezanne reasoned this because of the distinction between the human eye and the vision of the camera. He reasoned again by detailing about the same issues which were applied to the illusionism of the old masters Leonardo, Raphael, and Caravaggio. In the Neo-Classical era still, life portraits were considered as the least important subject at that time. Minor artist bothered to portrait still life imaginary in their canvas.

The work can be viewed at Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago


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