Still Life with Bottles, 1894
Oil on canvas, 65x82 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington
For many years, still-lifes and landscapes were Cezanne's main topics. Composing more than 200 still-life paintings, Cezanne wants to 'conquer Paris with an apple'. 'Apples and Oranges' is one of his most famous still-life compositions. Applying the same methodical analysis to these works as he did with his landscapes, Cezanne records the slightest variations in tone and color observed over long periods as well as the forms from empirical geometry Cezanne considered the most frequent in nature - the 'cylinder, sphere and the cone'.