Still-Life with a Watermelon and Pomegranates

Paul Cézanne French

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Of the twenty or so watercolor still lifes Cézanne produced during his final years, this work is among the most fully realized. With fluid strokes of saturated color, the artist calls attention to his skills of both observation—his attention to the reflections among objects is rarely as apparent—and creation. The rounded objects clustered together, including a hulking watermelon, two pomegranates, a bulbous glass vase or carafe, and a sugar bowl conjured from the reserved white of the paper, have both a volumetric quality and an intangibility. Marks in the corners left by thumbtacks, especially evident at upper right, are a reminder of the process of making this luminous and intensely colored sheet.

Still-Life with a Watermelon and Pomegranates, Paul Cézanne (French, Aix-en-Provence 1839–1906 Aix-en-Provence), Watercolor over graphite on laid paper

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