Girl with a basket of oranges (c.1889) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Girl with a basket of oranges - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c.1889

Artwork Information

TitleGirl with a basket of oranges
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism

About Girl with a basket of oranges

The artwork titled “Girl with a Basket of Oranges” was created by the renowned artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, circa 1889. This oil on canvas painting is an exemplar of the Impressionist movement, characterized by a style that sought to capture the effects of light and movement, often portraying everyday subject matter. Renoir’s artwork falls under the genre painting category, which depicts scenes of everyday life.

In the artwork, one observes a young girl standing in profile against a softly rendered background that suggests a natural landscape. The setting appears to be bathed in gentle light, a hallmark of Impressionist works. The girl is dressed in colorful attire; her white blouse with red adornments contrasts vividly against her dark blue skirt. Pops of yellow and orange in her outfit resonate with the contents of the basket she holds, which is brimming with oranges.

Her pose is relaxed yet poised, with one arm cradling the basket and the other by her side. The basket of oranges provides not only a vibrant focal point but also conveys a sense of season or harvest. The girl’s facial expression is contemplative and serene, inviting viewers to ponder her thoughts or her next destination. Renoir’s adept use of color and brushwork lends a vivacity to the garment folds and the texture of the fruit, emphasizing the interplay of light and form. Overall, the painting exudes an atmosphere of youthful innocence and the quiet simplicity of rural life as interpreted through the Impressionist lens.

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