Apples and Manderines (c.1890) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Apples and Manderines - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c.1890

Artwork Information

TitleApples and Manderines
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Apples and Manderines

“Apples and Mandarins” is an oil on canvas still life painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, created around 1890 during the Impressionist movement. The artwork belongs to a private collection and exemplifies Renoir’s expertise in capturing everyday objects with a vivacious and light-infused touch characteristic of Impressionism.

The artwork presents a casual yet vibrant arrangement of fruit. A plate, seemingly placed at the center, carries an assortment of apples and mandarins. These fruits exude a sense of fullness and ripeness through their rounded forms and the distinctively rendered play of light on their skins. The varied hues of red, orange, and yellow are harmoniously juxtaposed, hinting at the sweetness and texture of the fruit. One can notice the soft blending of colors, the lack of harsh outlines, and the dynamic brushstrokes that enliven the composition, all indicators of Renoir’s signature style that emphasizes the ephemeral nature of light and color.

The backdrop and the surface upon which the fruits rest are executed with broad, loose strokes, primarily in shades of brown and violet, setting a warm, muted stage that allows the colors of the fruit to stand out more prominently. The elegant yet fleeting quality of the brushwork creates an immersive visual feast, offering viewers a glimpse into the simple beauty of everyday objects. The presence of leaves, both on the fruits and scattered around them, adds a touch of freshness and a connection to the natural origin of the subject matter. Such details contribute to Renoir’s celebrated ability to render still life subjects with immediacy and vibrancy, inviting the viewer to linger on the sensuality and richness of the simple pleasures in life.

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