Paul Cézanne (1839-1906): Still Life with Curtain and

Paul Cézanne (1839-1906): Still Life with Curtain and

9/13/2021, 10:15:18 AM
Paul Cézanne (1839-1906): Still Life with Curtain and Flowered Pitcher, 1895, circa 1898, oil on canvas, 55 × 74.5 cm (21.7 × 29.3 in), Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia . . One of Cézanne’s great still lifes and an excellent illustration of how he could dispense with a single overarching perspective within a painting is Still Life with Curtain and Flowered Pitcher. At first glance, viewers see a table upon which are a jug, two bowls of oranges, some apples, a long white cloth and a patterned curtain. Look closer though and all is not as it seems – some pieces of fruit seem to sink into the table, the central bowl tilts towards the viewer while the table is flat, and the left corner of the table is at the wrong angle to the rest of the image. What you’ll find is conflicting perspectives in one image. The Russian collector Ivan Morozov bought the painting at the Cézanne Retrospective of 1907, and from his collection, it came to the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.

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