The Hand of the Artist

During his final years, Cézanne produced 20 or so watercolor still life paintings. One of the most fully realized of the series, this piece comes alive with fluid strokes of saturated color. Marks in the corners left by thumbtacks reveal the hand of the artist at work, but rather than break the spell cast by this charming watercolor, the revelation only adds to the magic.

“Still-Life with a Watermelon and Pomegranates” (1900–1906; Watercolor over graphite on laid paper, 12 3/8 x 19 3/16 in. Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Gift of Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, 2001, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002) by Paul Cézanne


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