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Still life with Plaster Cupid
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Still life with Plaster Cupid

Circa 1894

Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)

Oil on paper on board

Width: 57.3 cm ( panel ); Height: 70.6 cm ( panel ); Height: 92.5 cm ( frame ); Width: 79.5 cm ( frame ); Depth: 8 cm ( frame );

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Courtauld, Samuel; bequest; 1948

About this work
This is one of Cézanne’s most complex late still-lifes. Beyond the foreground table on which stands a plaster Cupid, the space and the arrangement of figures become highly ambiguous. The green apple on the floor in the far corner seems too large and the floor itself appears tilted. The blue drapery in the painting, propped up against the wall at the left, merges with a similar fabric in Cézanne’s own still-life. Cézanne may have been using these paradoxes to stress the artificiality of the composition, and perhaps, to comment on the act of painting itself. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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