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Still life with Apples

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Still life with Apples

The artwork




Oil on canvas

Still life
35,2 cm ×46,2 cm


The artist

Paul Cézanne

January 19, 1839


Where to see it

Hermitage Museum

"We live in a rainbow of chaos."
Paul Cézanne

Why we love it

Apples were at the centre of Cézanne’s attention for a number of reasons. Not only are they beautiful in colour, but in comparison with other fruit they are more varied.

The artist was attracted to the simplicity and completeness of their form. apples do not spoil quickly. With his prolonged work he had to take this quality into consideration.

At some level the motivating factor for the use of the apples was the meaning hidden in them.

The apple is a symbol of Venus and an attribute of Eve. The passions that had from youth tormented Cézanne, a fear of women that was almost pathological, found expression in a number of his works.

This is just our small contribution, your curiosity can do the rest.


"An apple a day keeps the doctor away"

Common English-language proverb that appeared in the 19th century, “if one eats healthy foods, one will remain in good health and will not need to see the doctor often.