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Fruit Displayed on a Stand, Gustave Caillbotte (1872)

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Apple, with many other fruits at a market stall, from Gustave Caillebotte’s Fruit Displayed on a Stand was the inspiration for a truly impressionist notion, why not paint a still life of something you would paint indoors, outdoors? And rather than paint the outdoor scenario, it’s the inside of the stall… the style en plen air, while simultaneously à l'intérieur! 

Doesn’t seem rebellious, but Fruit Displayed on a Stand was highly experimental for the time. It went against virtually all artistic conventions and traditions. But the best part… rather than Cailbotte isolating the Apple in a posed arrangement and snubbing the other fruit… he painted us all! 

HSBC proudly presents “Beyond the Frame” a look behind the bigger picture of some of the world’s most important Impressionist art. In this season we’re looking at the rebellion of the French Impressionists – it wasn’t all dreamy brushwork, but a movement that was rife with bravery, breaking stereotypes and smashing perceptions.  

Across this series we go back 150 years to discover some of the surprising stories behind 6 iconic impressionist artworks, -- one painting per episode.  Warning: this isn’t your usual art history series.

If you like what you hear in your “Beyond the Frame” experience, see these renowned artworks for yourself in the National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, proudly supported by HSBC. Open now until October 3. For tickets visit 

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