MAKING A MARK: Who painted this? #66


This week’s “Who Painted This (and the rest!) #66 is a painting has a tease in the title. 

That’s because you should be able to work out what the title might be if you study the painting very carefully – and if you right click and open in a new tab you’ll get a slightly larger version. 

HOWEVER there are a number of paintings which use that title – by completely different artists. I’d never realised quite what a popular theme this is until I started this post!

The other part of the tease is where I saw and photographed it (in London) is not where it normally lives! That’s because it was ‘on loan’.

Below you can find 

  • The details of how to participate in this art history challenge  
  • the rules of the challenge 
  • the answer to last week re. Who Painted this #64 
  • the names of all the people who got most or all of the answer correct
  • who provided the best answer last week – which gives you an idea of what a good answer looks like

Your answers will be published next Sunday – before the next challenge.

How to participate in “Who painted this? #66

Tell me the story of this painting as best you can!

These are the for how “Who painted this?” works.

This is about using brains not technology – so please do NOT “cheat”.

Briefly, in your comment ON THIS POST you must tell me ALL or as many of the following as you can:

  • the title of the artwork
  • the name of the artist who created this artwork
  • the date it was created
  • the media used
  • where it lives now
  • how you know all this eg how did you do your search
  • anything else you can find out about the artwork and/or artist – tell its story!

The Winner of this week’s challenge is the first identifiable person (i.e. no anonymous guesses) who, in my judgement, is 

  • the first person to get to the answer by fair means 
  • AND provides the best quality answer in terms of added details about the artwork and artist

Remember also

  • no use of Google image search or Tineye to find the image allowed 
  • this is a traditional web search of images using words only plus “hit the books” time
  • I don’t publish the comments until next week’s post.

Comments on this blog post will only be published once a week – on the following Sunday.

(You wouldn’t believe how many spam comments I’m having to identify and delete each week because of this challenge!!)NOTE: You can find out more about the background to “who painted this?” and  THE RULES for participating in this challenge. on the Who Painted This? page at the top of the blog menu

Who Painted This #65?

The challenge last week was to work out which of the paintings of apples and oranges by a well known painter this one is – and where it is and other relevant details! 
Title of the artwork: Pommes et oranges
Name of the artist who created this artworkPaul Cézanne
Date it was created: 1899
Media used: oil on canvas

Dimensions: Support: Height 74cm, Width 93cm; 
Where it lives now: Musée d’Orsay 

The painter was of course Paul Cézanne – who pain
ted an entire series of paintings of apples and oranges. 

A long time ago, I visited his studio in his old house in Aix-en-Provence and thought he painted these paintings there. However according to the narrative explanation behind the painting on the website the series of paintings were actually painted in his Paris Studio.

Though Cézanne painted still life compositions from the start of his career, it was only in later years that this genre began to occupy an essential place in his work. Apples and Oranges belongs to this period. 

It forms part of a series of six still lifes produced in 1899 in Cézanne’s Parisian studio. Each painting features the same accessories: earthenware dishes and a jug decorated with a floral motif. Their arrangement is also similar, with a draped cloth, reminiscent of 17th century Flemish still lifes, closing the perspective. However, the dynamic effect created by a complex spatial construction and Cézanne’s subjective perception of the arranged objects illustrate his essentially pictorial approach. 

Through the rigour and plasticity of his artistic language, Cézanne brings new life to a genre traditional in French painting since Chardin. Apples and Oranges, which combines modernity and sumptuous beauty, is the most important still life produced by artist in the late 1890’s.

It used to form part of the collections of Gustave Geffroy; Bernheim-Jeune, Paris; and Comte Isaac de Camondo

It passed (I think) to the Louvre Museum in 2011 and hung in 

  • the Louvre Museum from 1911 until 1947
  • the galerie du Jeu de Paume, Paris from 1947-1986
  • before transferring to the Musée d’Orsay in 1986

It has however travelled the world to various exhibitions of paintings by Cezanne and/or exhibitions on the theme of Impressionism. In  fact it’s probably out of France as much time as it’s hanging in the Musée d’Orsay so I think I was very lucky to see it on a visit in 2009.

Who guessed correct?

Very oddly I only received two comments.

Carol Eden won the challenge with this entry – who provided both the details and an explanation of how she arrived at her answer.

Apples and Oranges by Paul Cezanne. Painted around 1899.. Oils on canvas. It resides at The Museum d’Orsay since 1986, but is currently not on display. I immediately recognized the work as a painting by Cezanne, so did a word search on google using Cezanne apples. He was after a wholeness and balance of the geometric shapes. “I want to hit Paris with an apple,” Cezanne.


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