N.B. This is the second of three venues (see 2011–12 San Francisco and traveling). The catalogue numbers are different from the English edition and therefore listed separately here, no. 34, ill., as Cinq pommes, 1877-1878, lent by Mr. and Mrs. Eugene V. Thaw.
The American artist, Morgan Russell borrowed this painting from the Gertrude and Leo Stein and made a still life based on this work.
When Leo and Gertrude divided their collection in 1914, Leo succeeded in claiming this still life for himself. Gertrude was distraught. According to Alice Toklas, Picasso made a watercolor of a single apple to console her and inscribed it on the verso: Souvenir pour Gertrude and Alice/ Picasso/ Noel 1914. (See D. Aimé-Azan, "Alice Toklas et las collection Gertrude Stien," Jardin des arts, March 1868, pp. 46, 51).
The French painter Maxime Maufra bought the still life from Vollard in April 1896 and seems to have made a faithful copy of it. The whereabouts of that work is unknown.