Still Life: Apples and Pears in a Round Basket (Nature Morte: Pommes et Poires Dans un Panier Rond)
[Durand-Ruel, Paris, acquired from the artist 26 Nov. 1872]; sold to Erwin Davis, New York, 2 May 1888; [sold to Durand-Ruel, New York, 7 Jan. 1889; sold to Miss A. Stone, New York, 8 Feb. 1906. Mrs. Dorothy G. Noyes, New York. Mrs. William R. Driver, Jr., South Needham, Mass., by 29 May 1964. Mrs. Willard F. Midgette, by 1967; sold at auction by Thomas Midgette (possible heir), Parke-Bernet, New York, 13 May 1970, lot. 8; purchased at auction by Henry Pearlman; bequeathed to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Scheuer, New York, 1974.
One of Pissarro’s rare still lifes, this work dates from the year after his move to Pontoise, a village north of Paris. Cézanne, who regarded Pissarro as a father figure, also moved there in 1872, and the two painters often worked side by side outdoors, experimenting with the Impressionist techniques pioneered by some of their friends. Although this still life was painted indoors, it exhibits Pissarro’s use of visible brushstrokes and the colorful cast shadows that are among the hallmarks of the Impressionist style.