Cuno Amiet – Stillleben mit Fayence und Äpfeln, 1893
Oil on canvas
49 x 28.6 cm
"I have been painting nothing but still lifes for weeks. And in doing so, I find the purest joy of painting. [...] An apple is not meant to be depicted in a way that one is tempted to take a bite. It is supposed to be painted in harmony with all the other parts of the picture: This is its task. [...] Every shape and every colour should contribute to forming a harmonic whole.“ – Cuno Amiet, 1954
Amiet's quotation can be interpreted as a kind of manifesto in which the artist states that rather than creating an illusion of reality, a painter should combine form and colour in a harmonic synthesis on the canvas. According to Amiet, he seems to have found in still life a genre that enables him to compose a harmony of forms and colours that come together in artful arrangements.