The show’s main focus, in fact, mimics Cotán, using hanging fruit in a theatrical window setting. In Lemon Fall, 11 lemons are arranged on a slim support in a dark window. Fraser cites Cotán’s Quince, Cabbage, Melon and Cucumber (ca. 1602)—which some argue to be religious allegory—as a major influence. More lemons rest on the sill below. Half-peeled, the rinds of the lemons hang in a gracefully parabolic catenary arc, which is the curve that occurs when a string or a chain is supported only at each end and allowed to dangle freely.
Along with the painting, Fraser made dozens of preparatory drawings and paintings of the image, including Pre-Study 8
and Pre-Study 4
. In some, such as Pre-Study 7
and Pre-Study 5
, he homed in on particular elements of the composition, such as the placement of the fruit, the color palette, and other details. The stunning
of the end image is only possible through such meticulous planning.