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Still Life with Teapot

CÉZANNE, Paul (1839 - 1906)

[image: Still Life with Teapot]

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 61.4 x 74.3 cm

Acquired: 1952; Bequest; Gwendoline Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 2440

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

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Cézanne painted still lives throughout his career, but the greatest of them date from his last years. This composition of 1902-06 is one of several with fruit, vegetables, crockery and pieces of cloth arranged on a table which still survives in his studio at Aix. The objects relate to the folds of the table carpet like motifs in a landscape. Perspective has been manipulated and details, such as the knob of the teapot lid, have been supressed to emphasise the autonomy of form over subject-matter. As David Sylvester observed in 1962: 'As we look at the four spheres embraced by the ellipse of a plate in Still Life with Teapot, we don't really know if they are and which of them are apples, oranges, apricots and we don't care. What we know as we look at them, know it physically in our bodies, is the feeling of having the shape of a sphere, a shape that is perfectly compact, a shape that can touch similar shapes at one point only, a shape which has a very precise centre of gravity'. Gwendoline Davies purchased this work in Paris in 1920.

4 comments

Amgueddfa Cymru on 21 March 2012, 11:18

Dear Boscy,

Thank you for your comment. Still Life with Teapot by Paul Cezanne is on public display on Level 4 in the National Museum Cardiff (Impressionist and Modern Art Galleries).

Many thanks for your interest in Amgueddfa Cymru

Graham Davies, Online Curator.

Boscy on 21 March 2012, 10:17

Hi there,

Could you kindly let me know whether Still Life with Teapot (1902 - 1906) is still housed at the National Museum of Wales?

I am looking to view this work in May and just want to make sure that it is still accessible before I travel to Cardiff.

Many thanks!

Amgueddfa Cymru on 2 September 2009, 11:38 (Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff)

Thank you for your enquiry. Art Online currently has images of oil paintings and sculpture, and we are in the process of digitising works on paper to add to the site. As The Diver is a work on paper it is not yet available as an image online.

If you would like to order an image of The Diver please contact our picture library

Thank you for your interest in Amgueddfa Cymru.

maisonjones on 2 September 2009, 09:23

I am currently looking for an image of the water colour by P.Cezanne called " the diver " despite being on your book "colour & light " it doesn't show on your "on line collection " could you advise me ,
Thank you .

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