Feb 1, 2007

Basket of Plums

Basket of Plums


Anne Vallayer-Coster

(French, 1744–1818)

Oil on canvas

Unframed: 38 x 46.2 cm (14 15/16 x 18 3/16 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1971.47


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.


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