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Still Life With Cherries and Peaches by Paul Cézanne

Still Life With Cherries and Peaches, 1887

Paul Cézanne

At first glance, this still life of shiny red cherries and luscious ripe peaches, artfully arranged on a table, looks fairly straightforward, but look again. There’s something strange going on with the perspective here: the bowl of cherries is shown from above, as if we were looking straight down on it, while the table and bowl of peaches are viewed from a lower side angle. If this were a real scene, the cherries would have tipped right out of the bowl! The artist was known for his blocky brushwork and for distorting space by rendering multiple viewpoints at the same time.

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art