Basket with Apples, Quinces and Pomegranates
Like most still lifes, the arrangement of the basket and the fruit seems random, but the composition is studied. Two factors have a bearing on this. One is relatively habitual: a basket that dominates the axis of the canvas. The other is more innovative: a dark background that contrasts with the strong lighting and the colour of the fruit and the leaves. Due to its formal characteristics, the work is thought to have been painted in Seville in the 1640s. The attribution to Juan de Zurbarán is based on the enormous similarities between this painting and another still life conserved in Finland, one of only three works signed by the artist.
76 x 107 cm
Long-term loan from the Gil Collection, 1922; purchased 1944