Cézanne and American Modernism

February 14–May 23, 2010

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Paul Cézanne. Fruit and Jug on a Table

“…A FASCINATING EXHIBITION...” – The New York Times “…A REVELATION…” – The Wall Street Journal

Paul Cézanne. Fruit and Jug on a Table. c. 1890–94. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Bequest of John T. Spaulding, 48.524. Photograph ©2009 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Cézanne’s interest in still-life painting stemmed from his desire to explore numerous compositional possibilities with everyday objects. This complex arrangement features a narrow-necked jug and a highly patterned blue cloth that appear in several of his compositions. Cézanne’s use of blues, lavenders, and greens for the table, jug, and background helps to emphasize the contrasting bright colors of the fruit in the foreground.