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
Not On View
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, painted for Albert Courtier (b. 1844 - d. 1922), 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 [see note 3]; 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)
 Courtier was a notary in Meaux and a 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.
 The private collector is noted as "P.A., Paris" in Berhaut, Caillebotte: Sa Vie et Son Oeuvre (1978), cat. 78.
Fanny P. Mason Fund in memory of Alice Thevin