Apples and Grapes in a Basket

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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.

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.

Alfred Sisley

English, 1839–1899

Apples and Grapes in a Basket

c. 1880–81

Oil on canvas

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)


Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1951

1955.543


ON VIEW