Peter here from McIntosh Mugs. One of our favourite tea mugs is Cezanne’s Still Life with Apples! Check out these amazing facts behind this famous post-impressionist masterpiece.
1. Cezanne was fascinated with apples. They were the centre of his attention, due to their variety in colour, and the simplicity and completeness of their form. Plus, they don’t spoil quickly! As his work was prolonged, this was an important consideration for the artist.
2. Cezanne was terrified of women. Many believe that due to this affliction the tormented Cezanne chose the study of apples as they are a symbol of Venus and an attribute of Eve.
3. The painting was transferred to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia after World War II. Taken from the Otto Krebs Collection in Germany by the Soviets in 1949, some claimed it was part of the booty of war, others claim it was taken illegally. The jury on this subject remains out to this day.
4. Still life paintings were considered the lowliest genre of its day, but Cezanne didn’t subscribe to this viewpoint, saying “painting from nature is not copying the object, it is realizing one’s sensations”.
5. Cezanne painted apples from different perspectives and viewpoints, straight on, above, and sideways, always experimenting. Cezanne proclaimed “With an apple I want to astonish Paris”, and he did!
Thank you for listening to these amazing facts about Paul Cezanne’s Still Life With Apples. Visit our website www.mcintoshmugs.com to see the Tea Mug with Lid & Infuser inspired by this masterpiece. Plus, let us know in the comments what you think of this remarkable painting.