Coming Attraction: The Barnes Foundation Premieres The Brand-New Special Exhibition The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne, Sunday, June 22

Paul Cézanne's Apples and Cakes (Pommes et gateaux), an oil on canvas, is just one of 21 paintings on exhibit in The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne. (Painting on loan from private collection, ©Christie’s Images Limited, 2005)

The Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway houses an awe-inspiring collection featuring 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Degas, Seurat, Prendergrast, Titian, Picasso and so much more.

As of Sunday, June 22, the remarkable permanent collection will be complemented by a landmark temporary exhibition of the groundbreaking still lifes by post-impressionist Paul Cézanne (1839-1906).

Experience a curated selection of works by the “Master of Aix” in The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne, featuring 21 paintings by the artist ranging from his early paintings to his late works.

Even if you know very little about art, it’s difficult to separate the idea of still lifes from the artist Paul Cezanne. Often playing with colors, forms and perspective, Cézanne established a distinctive style to his still lifes with themes ranging from apples and flowers to — somewhat shockingly — skulls. The World Is an Apple paints a picture of the thematic and chronological sweep of Cézanne’s still-life painting, showing Cézanne’s monumental achievement in the genre.

The exhibition features 16 still lifes from the Barnes Foundation’s permanent collection in addition to pieces on loan from public and private collections including the National Gallery, Musée d’Orsay and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

As the only U.S. stop and the premiere of this exceptional exhibition, art lovers should make plans now to visit the Barnes this summer.

Can’t wait for June 22? Be among the first to see The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne by attending the after-hours Preview Party on Saturday, June 21 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of incredible art, live music and refreshments. Tickets, $25 ($20 for members), are available online and included access to the collection.

Stay tuned for more on this must-see summer exhibition.

The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne
When: June 22–September 22
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Exhibition and permanent collection, $29, adults; $27, seniors; $15, students and youth; free, children under 5; Exhibition only, $14
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