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Paul Cézanne Still Life with Plate of Cherries
In Paul Cézanne's still life canvas Still Life with Plate of Cherries, painted between 1883 and 1887, the dish of cherries is tilted forward towards the viewer anachronistically - like an offering. The viewer is positioned both above and beside the arranged objects, the gravitational weight of the peaches seeming to challenge the feather-light cherries. Indeed, the plate of peaches and pitcher are also slightly inclined, but not in the same manner as the cherry dish which commands the viewer's attention with its skewed angle. It almost appears that, in their teetering viewpoint, the objects may appear to suddenly slip off the table. Cezanne, perhaps borrowing his viewpoint from Osias Beert's 1608 Still Life with Cherries and Strawberries in Porcelain Bowls, remembers the still life revolution of the Dutch golden age of painting in the early to mid-seventeenth century. It is the perspective point that is corrupted so as to give an undistorted view of the arranged objects, privileging the act of seeing rather than the verisimilitude of the way things are seen.
At the end of the nineteenth century and in the first decades of the twentieth century, there was born a profound interest in the depiction of everyday objects as a mode of challenging the opaque world of literary symbolism. By rendering an object of ubiquity as graphically significant, painters like Cézanne asked their viewers to reconsider the status and resonance of objects and symbols in their rapidly changing modern environment. In doing so Cézanne reinvented the genre of still life painting, revealing objects in double and triple perspective, dimensions imposed by the composition and the renouncement of linear perspective. For the artist, still life painting became a visual obsession, finishing around two hundred canvases during his life, and representing around a fifth of his complete oeuvre.
A fine representation of Cézanne's idiosyncratic manner of painting, Still Life with Plate of Cherries shuns a realist depiction of its subject for a revelatory sense of the shape, volume, and weight of the objects, through a harmony of colour, compositional depth, and by juxtaposing light and shade. This eloquent still life distorts the objects depicted with the aim of suggesting a sense of spatial depth rather than using fixed-point perspective to enact it. This dual perspective shows the two-dimensional character of the surface of the table, restoring dynamism and movement to his life-studies that are so paradoxically rendered as 'still'.
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