Chinese Fruit Basket


Mose Tolliver (American, 1919–2006)


ca. 1987


Paint on wood


23 7/8 x 24 1/4 inches


T. Marshall Hahn Collection

Accession #


On View

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.

Image Copyright

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

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