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In his work, Paul Cezanne paid great attention to such a genre as a still life. The master especially loved to transfer fruits to his canvases. He clearly thinks through the composition of the paintings, determining each of the objects in their proper place. More often than other fruits, Cezanne loved to write apples because of their beauty and variety of colors.
"Still Life with Apples", written in 1890, amazes with the richness of colors, the inner simplicity and at the same time the versatility of everyday things. The compositional center of the canvas is a white plate with apples. These fruits are ideal: they are bright red, liquid, ripe, even and of the same shape. It can be seen that the apples ripened and poured under the gentle sunshine. A few more fruits occupy the foreground of the canvas: two green apples and a bright yellow lemon. Cezanne masterfully finds a place for fruit in the picture, his strokes are simple and accurate.
The background of the canvas is nondescript, does not distract from the main content of the picture. Fruits lie on a brown-gray table. The background is a smooth, bare pastel-colored wall. The feeling of depth when looking at the picture is achieved by the contrast of bright appetizing fruits, prescribed in saturated colors, and a nondescript tone.
Cezanne made the still life genre significant for art, and not second-rate as it was before. He set himself a difficult goal - to stun the whole of Paris with simple apples. And he succeeded, because they said about his fruits that they do not want to eat or peel them, but copy them.
“Still Life with Apples” is so beautiful thanks to the “beautiful formula” of Cezanne, which he found on his own. For the master, color and form were inseparable; he develops his own style and manner of writing fruit. This work of the master, being a masterpiece, makes many viewers peer into it even more closely.