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The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne

June 22–September 22, 2014

Premiering at the Barnes Foundation, this tightly curated exhibition charts a thematic and chronological sweep of Cézanne’s still-life painting, showing how the “Master of Aix” recast the genre and set it on a new course. Traversing the breadth of his still-life production—from early paintings engaging with past masters to very late works unique to him, and treating a range of themes including apples, flowers, and skulls—this select gathering of paintings offers viewers a brief reappraisal of Cézanne’s monumental achievement in this genre.

Cézanne’s art remains central to enduring concerns of art making, touching on materiality and representation, as well as on the interpretive foundations of art history itself. Comprising 21 Cézanne masterpieces, The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne seeks to render succinctly the richness and novelty of still lifes created by an artist of rare intuition and unerring aesthetic sensibility.

Curator: Benedict Leca, Director for Curatorial Affairs, Art Gallery of Hamilton

Coordinating Curator for the Barnes Foundation: Judith F. Dolkart, Deputy Director of Art and Archival Collections and Gund Family Chief Curator 

Additional Venue: Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, November 1, 2014 – January 31, 2015

The Barnes Foundation’s permanent art collection contains 69 works by Cézanne including 16 still lifes, all of which will be on display during the exhibition, along with related programming and lectures to be announced.

Exhibition Programs

Cézanne's Modernity: Between Paris and Provence
Tuesdays, April 1–29 (4 Classes)
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Member Preview Lecture
Saturday, May 17
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Member Preview
Thursday, June 19–Saturday, June 21
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Preview Party
Saturday, June 21
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Cézanne in the Studio
Sunday, June 22
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Image: Paul Cézanne. Still Life with Apples and a Glass of Wine, 1877-79. Oil on canvas, 10 1/2 x 12 7/8 inches (26.7 x 32.7 cm). Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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Friday 10 am–9 pm

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