Date created: c.1893
Dimensions: 25.6 x 31.5 inches
Current ownership: The Art Institute of Chicago
Medium: Oil on canvas
The main features of the painting are:
Broken color: Layers of broken color create the illusion of detail. Particularly with the wall in the background.
Color contrast: Warm oranges and yellows against cool greens and blues.
Painterly brushwork: It looks like a painting.
Shape: Simple shapes form the foundation of the painting.
Simplification: Cézanne didn't paint every detail. He simplified the scene into basic shapes and colors.
Below are the main colors used in the painting. Copy the hex code for use in Photoshop or other editing software.
Below is the painting with a grid over the top so we can analyze it in terms of the rule of thirds. The grid lines and intersections are considered aesthetically pleasing areas.
"The hard-and-fast rules of perspective which it succeeded in imposing on art were a ghastly mistake which it has taken four centuries to redress; Paul Cézanne and after him Picasso and myself can take a lot of credit for this." Georges Braque in 1957, describing Cézanne's unusual use of composition and perspective as seen in The Basket of Apples, via Wikipedia.
Here are some similar paintings by Cézanne: