As I walked through the streets of Paris, my eye was caught by the original design of a restaurant window. I came up with the idea to create a French still life with two ripe fruit of mysterious shape in the impressionist style. The viewer does not immediately understand what they are, apples or peaches. I focused not so much on the texture of objects, but on their material qualities: mass, shape and shades. Looking at the still life, there is something to think about, revealing its secret.
Someone may recall the Plate of Peaches (1894) and other similar still life paintings by Paul Cezanne, an artist who, with his unobtrusive geometry and impeccably balanced compositions, significantly influenced the ability of the art community and then every other audience to notice and reproduce the beautiful.
Someone else knows that in Christian Europe, the apple has long been considered a sweet and sour symbol of sin, the fruit of the heavenly tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil. That is why the apple theme is extremely varied, particularly its depictions in iconography and other artworks. It is also successfully reproduced in the modern world, for example, in the renowned brand created by Steve Jobs.
The fruit, devoid of detail and names, pictured in close-up, symbolize perfection and ephemerality, self-sufficiency and insecurity of carnal beauty. At the same time, this still life reminds us that a person has the power to decide their own destiny, to influence what is happening around them—as well as to place emphasis, choose associations and draw their own conclusions.