Still-life with apples
Oil on canvas
19 x 27 cm
This painting was executed sometime between 1877, when Cézanne exhibited for the second and last time with the Impressionist painters, and 1878, when he returned to live in Provence. Cézanne himself claimed that he planned to conquer Paris with an apple, and his paintings of this single fruit have in fact proved to be among his most admired works.
Bought by Degas for 100 francs in January 1896, it was acquired in Paris by John Maynard Keynes at the sale of the contents of Degass studio in March 1918. It is one of the most celebrated of all his still-lifes, and, through Keyness friendship with the painter and writer Roger Fry, and the circle of Bloomsbury writers, came to be crucial in the dissemination of knowledge of Cézannes work in England.
Lent by the Provost and Fellows of Kings College (Keynes collection)