Here’s a collection of people picking fruit. Most of the people picking fruit are women, a metaphorically gendered activity (if not an actual one?) Images of women picking fruit appeals to our fantasies of abundance and self-sufficiency. Many of these works are brightly coloured and cosy.
But then you get the odd inversion…
Man in apple tree is in danger of falling out, Michiel Mosijn, after Adriaen Pietersz. van de Venne, 1640 – 1655 1914 Drawing of an Orchard, Paul Nash, UK The pile of apples from “Old Mother Frost” or “Frau Holle”, collected by the Grimm Brothers. ‘The Lemon Gatherers’ (1910) Robert Kitson Pietro Isnardi Olive Oil 1910s, Liguria, Italy ‘Blackberries.’ (1922) Harold Harvey Emile Bernard Apple Pickers in Pont-Aven, 1888 Frederick Morgan – An Apple Gathering Anne Anderson Carl Olof Larsson apple picking An advertising card, French, late nineteenth or early twentieth century Myles Birket Foster – Apple Harvest William Stephen Coleman – Picking Apples 1880 Imitation of the painting above, illustrator unknown Edward John Poynter (English, 1836-1919) The Golden Age 1875 Berthe Marie Pauline Morisot (French painter 1841-1895) ‘Cueillette d’orange’ Cover art for October 1927 GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Magazine b Jessie Willcox Smith – a young girl picking grapes and putting them into a basket. Salvatore Postiglione, Italian painter (1861-1906) Cherry Cover art for Farmer’s Wife Magazine 1938. Is she picking grapes or trying on lipstick? Apples (1912) [Cornwall] by Harold C. Harvey (English, 1874-1941) Edmund Blair Leighton – September Hartley’s marmalade – showcard design by Freda Beard for W P Hartley & Co. Ltd., c1925 Arkady Sher The COUNTRY GENTLEMAN Magazine cover art for MAY 19 1923, girl picking cherries Leopold the filth, Woman With Basket (1864-1940) Stříbro, República Checa Gyo Fujikawa, 1976 Norman Mills Price (1877 – 1951) Frederick Walker (British, 1840 – 1875) Spring,1864 Harold Harvey (British,1874-1941) Summer 1917 Made from Stock Photography and Deep Dream Generator
Header illustration: Cover of January 1938 The American Home Magazine – Vegetable Basket