The Basket of Apples

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The Basket of Apples
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Artist Paul Cézanne
Year 1895
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 65 cm × 80 cm (25.6 in × 31.5 in)
Location Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

The Basket of Apples is a still life oil painting by French artist Paul Cézanne. It belongs to the Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The piece is often noted for its disjointed perspective. It has been described as a balanced composition due to its unbalanced parts;[1] the tilted bottle, the incline of the basket, and the foreshortened lines of the cookies mesh with the lines of the tablecloth.[1] Additionally, the right side of the tabletop is not in the same plane as the left side, as if the image simultaneously reflects two viewpoints.[2] Paintings such as this helped form a bridge between Impressionism and Cubism.[2]


  1. ^ a b Schapiro, Meyer (1988). Cézanne, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc, p.96. ISBN 0-8109-1043-8.
  2. ^ a b "Paul Cézanne: The Basket of Apples". The Art Institute of Chicago: Art Access. August 2004. Retrieved 2011-04-27.