Still Life with Lemons and Oranges (1881) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Still Life with Lemons and Oranges - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1881

Artwork Information

TitleStill Life with Lemons and Oranges
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Still Life with Lemons and Oranges

The artwork “Still Life with Lemons and Oranges” is a creation by the renowned artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, completed in the year 1881. This painting was executed using the medium of oil on canvas and is a representative work of the Impressionism movement. Characterized as still life, this piece is currently held within a private collection, which denotes that it is not on public display for general viewing.

In the artwork, a viewer is presented with an assemblage of bright and tangibly ripe lemons and oranges. The vivid, saturated colors Renoir employs are characteristic of the joy and light he often sought to capture in his work. The brushstrokes are loose and expressive, a signature approach of the Impressionist style, which emphasizes the effect of light and color over detailed representation.

The lemons and oranges are clustered together against an abstracted background, which suggests a tabletop scenario without explicitly detailing it. Renoir’s use of color and shadow brings the fruits to the foreground, focusing the viewer’s attention on their form and color interplay. The blue-toned backdrop contrasts with the warmth of the citrus, demonstrating Renoir’s skillful manipulation of complementary colors to enhance the visual impact of the subjects. The overall composition combines the immediacy of the moment with an intimate portrayal of simple yet timeless beauty, embodying the essence of Impressionism.

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