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The Blue Vase is an exciting and famous still-life painted by Cézanne in 1887. It shows a vase of flowers placed in the middle of a tabletop, very close to the edge. There are several objects around the vase, creating a sophisticated yet subtle composition with light and shadow.
There are two picture frames in the background, which is mostly colored blue. This shade is composed of patches of blue, green and violet — a complicated yet traditional technique for the Post-Impressionists. The tabletop is yellow. Like most of this painting, each object is colored using a beautiful variation within the palette. Thus, the tabletop is shaded using tones of yellow, beige, and even blue and green. The final result is that we see a bright and light yellow tabletop.
The objects in the foreground are the blue vase that names the piece; the flowers that are placed in it; and three apples that are casually thrown on top of the table. On Cézanne’s body of work, it’s possible to see flower studies from the beginning of his career to this painting created in 1887. However, at some point, he gave up on the flowers, pleading they would deteriorate too quickly and fruits were more long-lasting. The fact that the three apples in this painting are bright while the flowers are darkened and colored in tones more similar to the background might be evidence of this change in the artist’s subject matter.
The vase is painted with an extraordinary tone of blue. Unlike the rest of the painting, the blue of the vessel is not composed of several patches of colors, but by a more solid and consistent tone, making the object stand up in the middle of all these textured objects.
The flowers on top are blue, red and white. There are some smaller flowers shaded with brown and grey, probably the fading flower to what the artist was referring. The leaves are dark green, and some thin twigs are coming out of the vase.
The relationship between the horizontal and vertical lines create an idea of perspective, but the artist’s focus was to explore the light and shadow effect on the colors of the still-life.
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