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Chinese Fruit Basket

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Chinese Fruit Basket

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Mose Tolliver
American, 1919–2006


ca. 1987


Paint on wood

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23 7/8 x 24 1/4 inches


On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 407


In this ebullient painting bunches of grapes form a flanking network that contains the bananas, apples, and pears that effervesce from the container. Tolliver chose a palette of cool pastels to offset the exuberance of his flying fruit, while whimsical colors reinforce a feeling of fantasy. The artist played with the border or painted frame of this piece, extending it into and across the image so that it became a design element integral to the composition.


T. Marshall Hahn Collection

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© Estate of Mose Tolliver/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York