Cézanne’s Apples

by oneobserving


These peaches remind me of apples – Paul Cézanne’s (1839-1906) painted apples, that is.

My photographed peaches have nothing of the mastery of the French painter’s famous apples, but the randomly placed peaches called to mind the casual arrangements of fruit in his still lifes.

Cézanne’s apples became symbols of his modern artistic vision. As his expressive brushwork built form and colour, he was not replicating an apple as much as revealing its spirit and beauty. Fellow French painter Paul Sérusier (1864-1927) observed that Cézanne “addresses the soul by way of the eyes.” *

Because this master artist could express the soulful essence of a simple arrangement of ordinary apples, I cannot look upon market-fresh peaches scattered atop a kitchen cupboard without seeing marvels.

c. 1877

c. 1877 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(*Source of quote: Richard Shiff’s essay “Apples and Abstraction” in Impressionist Still Life by Eliza E. Rathbone and George T.M. Shackelford. The Phillips Collection in Association with Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 2001.)