Famous Fruit Paintings

symbolism of fruit in art

Although the subject may seem simple, the history of fruit in art dates back almost 3,000 years ago to ancient Egypt in the form of still-life paintings. 

symbolism of fruit in art

Other connotations associated with fruit in art history include allegorical meanings related to the passage of time, the fragility of human life, pleasure, fertility, youth, and abundance.

famous fruit paintings to know


Rudolf II of Habsburg as Vertumnus (c. 1590 – 1591) by Giuseppe Arcimboldo


Still Life with Grapes and Other Fruit (c. 1630) by Luca Forte


Frontispiece (1850 – 1853) by Dorothea Eliza Smith


Quinces, Lemons, Pears, and Grapes (1887) by Vincent van Gogh


Still Life with Apples (1895 – 1898) by Paul Cézanne


Pomegranates; Majorca (1908) by John Singer Sargent