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Pot of Primroses and Fruit
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Pot of Primroses and Fruit


Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)

Oil on canvas

Width: 56.25 cm ( canvas ); Height: 46 cm ( canvas ); Depth: 8.7 cm ( frame ); Height: 78.6 cm ( frame ); Width: 88.2 cm ( frame );

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

About this work
The actual items described in this still-life – fruit, flowerpot, plate – are secondary to its complex interplay of forms. The pears take on a sculptural roundness; pushed forward by the table top, they project into our space. In contrast, the out-turned leaves of the plant reinforce the flatness of the painted surface. Even the studio setting, suggested by the blue walls and what appears to be the reverse of a stretched canvas, contributes to the unsettling effect. The painting refuses conventional perspective; it is impossible to tell where the furniture and architecture meet. (Permanent collection label)

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

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