Fruit Displayed on a Stand
Gustave Caillebotte (French, 1848–1894)
76.5 x 100.6 cm (30 1/8 x 39 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Oil on canvas
Sidney and Esther Rabb Gallery (Gallery 255)
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.
Lower right: G. Caillebotte
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:  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.  The provenance is taken from notes in the MFA curatorial file.
Fanny P. Mason Fund in memory of Alice Thevin