Lemons (1912) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Lemons - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1912

Artwork Information

ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Lemons

The artwork titled “Lemons” is an oil on canvas painting attributed to the acclaimed Impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, dated to the year 1912. This still life is a quintessential example of the Impressionist movement, wherein Renoir captured the play of light and shadow with loose and vibrant brushwork. Currently held within a private collection, the work is a testament to the artist’s enduring fascination with the simplicity and beauty found in everyday objects.

In “Lemons,” Renoir employs his mastery of color and texture to convey the tactile quality of the fruit’s rind, as well as the soft, diffused light that bathes the scene. The lemons are at the center of the composition, depicted with a rich palette of yellows, each brushstroke suggesting the form and volume of the citrus with an almost tangible presence. Shadows and highlights rendered in purples, blues, and oranges enhance the three-dimensionality of the subject, while gentle strokes in the background suggest a nondescript, subdued setting, allowing the viewer’s focus to remain firmly on the lemons themselves. Noted for his contributions to the Impressionist canon, Renoir’s portrayal of these mundane yet captivating subjects is reflective of the movement’s broader focus on light, color, and impression over line and detail.

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