Monday, September 10, 2012

Apples and Dots

Apples and Dots oil on masonite 6" x 6" 
I am having a lot of fun with apples, they look deceptively easy but are the hardest to simplify in a few strokes, I can see why Cezanne painted them so earnestly. In Irving Stone's Lust for Life, a biography on Vincent Van Gogh, there's this funny little scene in Pere Tanguy's gallery where a customer is asking about a Cezanne painting of four apples and Pere's wife quotes 100 francs for the painting. The customer says he can only afford it for 25 francs so Pere's wife cuts out one of the apples and sells it to him. Quite a fantastic read if you're looking for a solid artist biography, a lot of it is supported by letters Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo.

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