Fruit and Vegetables with a Parrot (1869; France) by Eugene Boudin

Fruit and Vegetables with a Parrot - Eugene Boudin - 1869; France

Artwork Information

TitleFruit and Vegetables with a Parrot
ArtistEugene Boudin
Date1869; France
Art MovementRealism

About Fruit and Vegetables with a Parrot

The artwork “Fruit and Vegetables with a Parrot” is an oil painting by Eugene Boudin, dating back to 1869. The piece originates from France and is a testament to the Realism movement, typically characterized by the depiction of everyday subjects with a truthful and objective viewpoint. The genre of the painting is categorized as animal painting, which usually highlights animals as the primary subjects or significant elements within the composition.

In this particular artwork, the focal point is crisply illustrated: a vibrant parrot perched confidently on the edge of a stone slab. The backdrop is softly rendered with hues of green, suggesting a dense foliage that supports the natural setting. A rich still life arrangement is presented on the stone surface. A variety of fruits and vegetables are intricately detailed, showcasing Boudin’s meticulous attention to texture, color, and form. A pile of plump peaches occupies a basket, complemented by clusters of grapes, apples, and other fruits that surround the basket and are splayed across the ledge. Beneath, a wicker basket brimming with a selection of green cucumbers draws the eye. Amongst these, a scattering of squashes, including a prominently placed melon, adds a sense of abundance to the setting. The colors are warm, indicative of a bountiful harvest, and the composition as a whole exudes a sense of calm prosperity. The presence of the parrot brings a touch of the exotic to this otherwise domestically familiar tableau, offering a contrast between the animate and the inanimate within the harmonic arrangement.

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