Fruit Still Life with Strong Lighting

Intense lighting was applied from behind the subject of this oil painting, which a collector in the South has displayed over their mantelpiece.  I think such contre-jour lighting is unusual in still life, and the shadows take on a life of their own.  The bold crop enhances the abstract quality of the fruit.  The painting is not labored, having been completed in one or two sittings. 

Below this is quick study of fruit and an old bottle, purchased for the same collection, with more conventional top-down lighting of the subjects.