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Still Life with Apples by Paul Cézanne
Still Life with Apples by Paul Cézanne

Still Life with Apples, 1893

Paul Cézanne

Cézanne painted the objects in this still life — the green vase, the rum bottle, the ginger pot, and the apples — over and over again. Why would an artist recycle subject matter like this? Keeping the subject constant allowed him to experiment. Notice how everything is locked together. Edges of objects run into each other; a black arabesque seemingly escapes from the blue cloth to capture one of the two apples at far left; above it, the blue ginger pot's rattan straps merge with other straps on the rum bottle behind. These kinds of linkages give the painting a sense of comforting stability.

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