Series - Lemons in Art

Simple, beautiful, effective, historic! Manet uses a very photographic framing here, inspired by the new process. His gaze stops on a detail, highlights it in a close-up, personalizes it. The painter isolates a lemon as he did with an asparagus as if to translate character and individuality. The fruit and vegetable seem to be sufficient in themselves. Here a poetic realism emerges under the thick and frank touch of the artist.
Henri Matisse, “Still Life with Lemon”, 1917.
The use of black is typical of this period in Matisse. To the journalist Ragnar Hoppe, who interviewed him in 1919, Matisse explained: "I have never been more aware than recently, of the beauty of the color black, of all that it can offer, both as a contrast and in itself".
From the point of view of color, this Still Life with Lemon is also a reference to Edouard Manet, whom Matisse always admired. Matisse was fascinated by the definitive nature of Manet's line: "the application of color in a single operation, without retouching".
Giovanna Garzoni, “Still Life with a Dish of Lemons”, circa 1640. Italian Baroque. In Painting, the lemon appears during the Renaissance, but only as a precious ornament, it was so rare that its price was prohibitive. Already, the Roman emperor Docletian had set its price at twelve times that of a melon!
Francisco de Zurbarán, circa 1650.
The saving lemon "Still Life with Lemon and Cut Glass", Maria Margaretha van Os, 1823 - 1826
Watch out, masterpiece!
“The Flowerpot and the Lemon” painted in 1916, by Joan Miró. Both cubist and fauve, we can suspect in this painting the so-called abstract compositions of Miró...
tea with Georges Braque, "Teapot and lemons", Lithograph from 1949.
Francis Picabia, "Lemons", 1922. My favorite artist, not as a painter or anything, but the character is fantastic. A man of spirit!
Henri Matisse, “Lemons and Saxifrages”, 1943
Pierre Bonnard, “Still Life with Lemons”, 1918.
Bonnard, one might believe that what makes his strength is the colors, yes, of course, but what can we say about the composition, the balance created with the verticals, the light and dark masses which disrupt the perspective.

Here, no element takes precedence over another, our gaze is obliged to scan the entire canvas, hop, it goes to the right attracted by these lines formed by a chair back, but they only respond to the horizontal window edge, the The pattern of the tablecloth echoes the greenery, and here is this cut of lemon which seems to be suspended between all these elements. I can spend hours wandering through a work like this.
Vincent Van Gogh, “Still Life with Lemons”, 1887.
Pffff, what a marvel, it makes you dizzy! Everything seems in balance, the lemons are ready to tumble towards us.
Roy Lichtenstein, “Still Life with Lemon and Glass,” 1974.
“Still life with lemon”, Laurencin Marie 1919
Matisse, 1919. Without doubt, Henri Matisse, originally from the North, born in Cateau-Cambrésis, was amazed to discover the Côte d'Azur and its beauties, the flowers, the mimosas and the sublime lemons.
Henri Matisse. “Lemons on a pink background”, 1943.
Maurice de Vlaminck, (1876-1958), “Still life with lemons”. Lithograph in 15 colors after an original drawing by Maurice de Vlaminck Limited edition of 2000 copies Published in August 1958 with the authorization of the artist. Signed in the plate. Printed by the Mourlot workshops.
Claude Monet, “Branch of Lemons”, 1883
“Lemon Squash” from 1992, by the whimsical Yayoi Kusama.
David Salle, "The Lemon Twig", 2002.
Pablo Picasso, “The Lemon” 1925.
To smile a little, this painting by Samuel Hung, "Imposters - Lemon Duck & Real Lemon", 2018. Yes, yes, it is indeed a painting..
Soon, other works

The book La Saga Maeght by Yoyo Maeght, with dedication. Link here