A Study of Fruits in 20th Century Art

A Study of Fruits in 20th Century Art

  • Posted on: February 28, 2014
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Did you know that 20th century artists continued to paint still lifes of food even after photography became more popular as a medium? This week Artsome explores paintings across five of the ‘-Isms ‘ that you can sink your teeth into! Figuratively, of course.

Notice the differences in the brush strokes, frames and pictorial compositions in each movement as well as how the fruits become more and more abstract as we move from Impressionism to Surrealism.

1. Impressionism

Vincent Van Gogh, Still Life with Basket and Six Oranges, 1888, oil on canvas. Private Collection.











Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Still Life with Apples and Oranges, 1897, oil on canvas. Private collection.









Paul Gauguin, Still Life with Oranges, 1881, oil on canvas, 33 x 46 cm. Collection: Musee des Beaux-Arts, Rennes, France.










2. Post-Impressionism

Paul Cezanne, Apples and Oranges, 1900, oil on canvas, 74 x 93 cm.











Henri Rousseau, Still Life with Fruit and Teapot, oil on canvas.













3. Cubism

Pablo Picasso, Still Life with Lemon and Oranges, 1936, oil on canvas, 54 x 65 cm.











Georges Braque, Guitar, Fruit and Pitcher, 1927, oil on canvas, 73.7 x 91.5 cm, Private Collection.











4. Pointillism

Henri Matisse, Still Life, oil on canvas.


Henri-Edmond Cross, Still Life with Bottle of Wind, 1904, oil on canvas, Private Collection.

5. Surrealism

Rene Magritte, Souvenir de voyage (stone apple), 1963, oil on canvas, 81 x 100 cm, Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, USA.









Salvador Dali, Eucharistic Still Life, 1952, oil on canvas, Private Collection.


Image source: www.wikipaintings.com