Ginger Jar and Fruit (Le vase paille) (c. 1895) by Paul Cezanne

Ginger Jar and Fruit (Le vase paille) - Paul Cezanne - c. 1895

Artwork Information

TitleGinger Jar and Fruit (Le vase paille)
ArtistPaul Cezanne
Datec. 1895
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions28 3/4 x 23 5/8 in. (73 x 60 cm)
Current LocationThe Barnes Foundation, Merion, Pennsylvania

About Ginger Jar and Fruit (Le vase paille)

Paul Cézanne’s acclaimed painting ‘Ginger Jar and Fruit’ depicts a still life featuring a collection of easily recognizable objects. The composition incorporates rich gray, blue, and red brushstrokes for added depth with the focus drawn towards the table’s colorful display of fruit. Cézanne was known for his ability to convey an object’s material origins achieving this through careful examination of light on the subject.

Despite the real-life look, there is a lack of sensual appeal to this masterwork as it exists only as decorative pieces in two-dimensional space. The subject matter itself is not remarkable but rather its depiction presents an ordinary subject matter in a spectacular manner. Ginger Jar showcases Cezanne’s approach to realistic representation while being simultaneously imaginative.

The still life painting ‘Ginger Jar and Fruit’ was produced by digital remastering method from a 19th-century artwork created around 1895 of which various sizes are available today. As one of the earliest modernists, Cezanne insisted that painting should be truthful even if it required abstraction or distortion to achieve such authenticity. He accomplished this by focusing on details that would accurately reflect reality through rigorous study ultimately paving the way for future artists in their pursuit of modernist art forms.

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