Still Life with Apples and Peaches, 1805 - by Paul Cezanne
Here the table tilts unexpectedly, defying traditional rules of perspective. Similarly, we see the pitcher in profile but are also allowed a look down into it. Paradoxically, it is Cézanne's fidelity to what he saw that accounts for this "denial" of logic and three - dimensional space. It is not so much that he is deliberately flattening space. Rather he is concentrating on the objects themselves instead of the perspectival scheme - the "box of air" - in which they exist. Cézanne worked slowly and deliberately. Over the course of days, he would move his easel, painting different objects - or even the same one - from different points of view. Each time, he painted what he saw. It was his absorption in the process of painting that pushed his work toward abstraction.