Picking Flowers (1875) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Picking Flowers - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1875

Artwork Information

TitlePicking Flowers
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Dimensions54.3 x 65.2 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationNational Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, US

About Picking Flowers

The artwork “Picking Flowers” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir is an oil on canvas genre painting completed in 1875, which is a part of the Impressionist movement. Measuring 54.3 x 65.2 cm, the painting is currently housed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, United States.

“Picking Flowers” presents a dynamic, open-air scene characteristic of Renoir’s impressionistic style, capturing a moment of casual, everyday life with a spontaneous and fleeting essence. The composition depicts two figures engaged in the leisurely activity of gathering flowers. The brushstrokes are loose and vibrant, reflecting the natural movement found within the floral landscape. Light plays a central role in this piece, with the interplay of sunshine and shadow contributing to the sensation of a transient moment captured in time.

The foliage and flowers are rendered with a myriad of color specks, creating an overall effect of a scintillating, living environment. The figures are integrated into this environment, their forms merging with the dappling light and color of their surroundings. Renoir’s handling of color and light exemplifies the Impressionist concern with depicting the visual experience of the scene rather than the minute details. With its delightful depiction of nature and its inhabitants, “Picking Flowers” invites viewers to experience the simple joy and beauty of an ordinary moment turned extraordinary through Renoir’s artistic vision.

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