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Alfred Sisley

English, 1839–1899

Apples and Grapes in a Basket

c. 1880–81

Known primarily as a landscape painter, Sisley produced only a handful of still lifes during his career. In this image, the artist celebrates the visual and sensual pleasure of ripe fruit, heaped in a wicker basket and positioned on a silky, patterned tablecloth. The contrasting textures and the rounded forms of the fruit seem to defy the flatness of the canvas.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 18 1/8 x 24 in. (46 x 61 cm) Frame: 25 1/2 x 31 1/16 x 2 1/2 in. (64.8 x 78.9 x 6.4 cm)
Object Number 1955.543
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1951
Status Off View

Image Caption

Alfred Sisley, Apples and Grapes in a Basket, c. 1880–81, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.543.

Bibliography

Lees, Sarah, ed. Nineteenth-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; New Haven and London: distributed by Yale University Press, 2012.

Provenance

Mrs. Allan Hay, New York (until 1899, sold to Durand-Ruel, 2 Mar. 1899); [Durand-Ruel, Paris, sold to Mancini, 13 Nov. 1899]; Mancini, Paris (from 1899); [Knoedler, New York, sold to Clark, 28 Mar. 1951, as Still Life]; Robert Sterling Clark (1951–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

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