Fruit Displayed on a Stand

Caillebotte delighted in unusual vantage points and compositions. This close-up view of fruit stacked on a market stand creates a bold pattern of repeated forms and colors, while the sensuous brushstrokes suggest the lusciousness of the fruit. A loyal and well-to-do member of the Impressionist group, Caillebotte bequeathed his extensive painting collection to the state. It became the nucleus of the Impressionist collection now in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

Inscription

Lower right: G. Caillebotte

Provenance

About 1881-1882, executed for Albert Courtier, Meaux [see note 1]; by descent from Courtier to Mme. Brunet, Paris [see note 2]; by descent from Mme. Brunet to a private collection, Paris; March 22, 1979, sale of private collector, Palais d'Orsay, Paris, lot 71, to Wildenstein and Co., New York, for the MFA. (Accession Date: May 16, 1979)



NOTES:

[1] Courtier was a notary at Meaux and friend of Caillebotte; the painting was intended for his dining room. See Marie Berhaut, "Caillebotte: sa vie et son oeuvre" (Paris, 1978), cat. no. 178. [2] The provenance is taken from notes in the MFA curatorial file.

Credit Line

Fanny P. Mason Fund in memory of Alice Thevin

Fruit Displayed on a Stand

Dimensions
76.5 x 100.6 cm (30 1/8 x 39 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Oil on canvas
Classification
Paintings
Type
Still Life - Food
Accession Number
1979.196
On view
Lois and Michael Torf Gallery (Special Exhibitions) - 184

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