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The actual items described in this still life (fruit, flowerpot, plate) are secondary to its complex interplay of forms. The pears take on a sculptural roundness; pushed forward by the table top, they project into our space. In contrast, the out-turned leaves of the plant reinforce the flatness of the painted surface. Even the studio setting, suggested by the blue walls and what appears to be the reverse of a stretched canvas, contributes to the unsettling effect. The painting refuses conventional perspective; it is impossible to tell where the furniture and architecture meet.

The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)



Pot of Primroses and Fruit




oil on canvas


H 46 x W 56.25 cm

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bequeathed by Samuel Courtauld, 1948

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