“I will astonish Paris with an apple”, boasted Paul Cézanne once. And indeed he did astonish the haute Parisians. As a matter of fact he managed to astonish the whole world! His work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th-century conception of artistic endeavour to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. (Source: Wikipedia) A very comprehensive article on Cézanne by Smithsonian can be read here.
Anyway, returning to our basket. This beautiful masterpiece is currently on display at the Toledo Museum of Art as part of a reciprocal loan between TMA and Art Institute of Chicago. TMA traded one of its van Gogh, Houses at Auvers, with AIC for their Basket of Apples. That reminds me of trading comics with my friends when I was lad in shorts. 🙂
They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. So without any further ado lets savour our share of apples from the basket of Cézanne.