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Basket of Plums

1769
(French, 1744–1818)
Unframed: 38 x 46.2 cm (14 15/16 x 18 3/16 in.)
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The artist painted a companion to this work—a plate of peaches and branch of cherries.

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During the later part of the 1700s, fruit still lifes were extremely popular, and a basket of plums was a common motif. In Vallayer's painting the details, especially the plums and the basket, emerge from deep shadows. The colors are vivid reds and violets and a sense of immediacy is invoked by the growing moss, the cakes in their crisp papers, and the glass of water with its sparkling highlights and reflections.
Basket of Plums

Basket of Plums

1769

Anne Vallayer-Coster

(French, 1744–1818)
France, 18th century

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