Still Life with Fruit, Canvas Print, 1879-80 by Paul Cezanne
Still life was important genre to genre to Cezanne, and he made 200 such paintings over a period of 40 years.
Breaking up the horizontal bands in the background with rounded forms in foreground, Cezanne established a calm balanced composition. This is further enhanced with tonal gradations from the deepest to the lightest and the combination of dark, delicate, sombre and bright colours. His brushwork creates dynamism between everything together creating coherence he believed was essential.
This painting was a prized possession of the artist Paul Gauguin, who described the picture as "an exceptional pearl the apple of my eye." It was only when he needed money for medical care that Gauguin unhappily parted with it.