#FridayPainting: Paul Cézanne “Still Life with Fruit Dish”

Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse were in accord in their estimation of Paul Cézanne when they remarked Paul Cézanne “is the father of us all”.

In history, there are pivotal moments. Paul Cézanne forged the pathway for the transition from the 19th-century conception of artistic endeavour to a radically different world of art for the next century.

Art historians have called him the bridge between late 19th century Impressionism and the emergence of Cubism in the early 20th century.

Nature Morte au Compotier (MoMA)

“Still life was an important genre to Cézanne, who made approximately two hundred such paintings over the course of four decades. In Still Life with Fruit Dish he created a shallow, compressed space that flattens the sculptural volumes of dish, glass, and fruit. This painting was a prized possession of the artist Paul Gauguin, who described the picture as “an exceptional pearl, the apple of my eye.” It was only when he needed money for medical care that Gauguin unhappily parted with it.” MOMO

Serendipity came calling this week, when I visited Marina Kanavaki’s blog “Art for a Happy Day” on January 19, 2022 to celebrate Paul Cézanne birthday.

Please join Marina and me in paying tribute to this great artist by visiting her post.

Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

25 thoughts on “#FridayPainting: Paul Cézanne “Still Life with Fruit Dish”

    1. I agree wholeheartedly, Resa. Marina’s tributes are stellar and provide the full spectrum of an artist’s creative work. I feel that I have entered an art gallery. Don and I viewed her tribute to Cézanne several times. Sending many hugs back.

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      1. Don loves my new persona and my lofty position of RB Art Director. He has noticed that I have been researching palazzo pants and round glasses! I am learning the dance moves of the Charleston and Tango and including it in my daily exercise program. It is like I have had a makeover!! LOL. Hugs.

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    1. You are a people person, Robbie! You see the stories in the paintings – the faces and mannerisms within the context of the activities featured in the painting. I share your love for portraits and community endeavours. I have now, in 2022, taken an interest in still life because of the meditative quality that I feel when I look at a still life. When I see the fruit dish, it recalls memories of when I went berry picking in Northern Manitoba. Blueberries have no relation to this still life, so why should this memory appear? I have read that the goal of still life composition is to direct the viewer’s eye through the painting and influence them to see what the artist deems as the most important. What was so special about Andy Warhol’s soup can? I found his answer “I used to drink it. I used to have the same lunch every day, for 20 years, I guess, the same thing over and over again.” Now, that answer opens so many more questions for me…

      It is so easy to go down the rabbit hole!!!

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      1. Michael did a replica of Andy Warhol’s soup can and it is rather good. He was only 12 at the time and I have kept it, along with some of his other artworks. Michael has a lot of talent with art but, sadly, he insists on following his brother’s choices with everything in life. I tried to get him to take art at school and I got Greg to speak to him too, but he is adamant. IT, the same as Greg.

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  1. So beautiful and interesting. It’s amazing how knowing a little bit of history about a painting and the painter makes me look at it differently. My grandmother was a painter and she did many still lifes trying to capture Cézanne style (more toward impressionism). I’m heading over to read Marina’s post.

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    1. Many thanks for stopping by, Diana. ChasingART is my way of understanding creativity within the narrative of humanity. You will enjoy Marina’s post which is filled with Cézanne’s paintings! When I know the back story of a painting, it becomes more alive, more meaningful. Sending hugs.

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  2. This is a delightful “Still life” painting, described as “flat”, but somehow filling the page from top to bottom and back to front with beauty! I also enjoyed Maria K’s words and many examples of paintings. Very informative facts about paintings from the passing of a century. and the many new changes of presenting beauty.

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    1. Every generation learns from the generations that have come before and then adds to the knowledge so that others can continue the journey. I enjoyed Marina’s tribute. Don and I went over her presentation several times last night. What I found most interesting was that Gauguin loved this painting.

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    1. Many thanks for your comments and encouragement, Colleen. You idea of using paintings for poetry has opened me up to new possibilities. I love finding the back story of a painting along with the bio of the painter. But now, with poetry, I can create my back story. I look forward to connecting with you this year as step on a new path that I have never walked before.

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    1. I am with you on this one, Dave. I had no idea that Cezzane was a catalyst for change nor did I know that other artists considered him the “father of us all.” I continue to learn and learn and learn.

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  3. Serendipity and our love for the arts. Beautiful post, my dear Rebecca and I’m so happy we’re both celebrating this great artist’ work. Thank you for the kind mention! Many hugs your way and here’s to taking more such journeys together!

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