Still Life with Strawberries (c.1880) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Still Life with Strawberries - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c.1880

Artwork Information

TitleStill Life with Strawberries
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Still Life with Strawberries

The artwork “Still Life with Strawberries” is an exquisite piece by the renowned artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, believed to have been created circa 1880. This oil on canvas is a testament to Renoir’s mastery within the Impressionist movement, which is known for its distinctive brushwork and interest in capturing the effects of light. The genre of this work is still life, a topic that allows for an intimate portrayal of inanimate subjects. Currently, this piece is held in a private collection, indicating that it is not on public display.

Observing the artwork, one is immediately struck by the vibrant red strawberries that dominate the composition, resting within a shallow dish. The rich hues of red are set against the dark background and the muted tones of the table, drawing the viewer’s eye directly to the textured surface of the strawberries and the delicate interplay of light and shadow upon them. Leaves with varied shades of green ensconce the fruits, providing both contrast and a sense of freshness. Renoir’s characteristic loose and lively brushstrokes imbue the artwork with a sense of immediacy and movement, as if the strawberries have just been placed on the table. The artwork successfully conveys both the tactile quality of the strawberries’ surface and the way natural light subtly enhances their form. Renoir’s signature is discreetly placed in the lower right corner, completing the composition with a mark of authenticity.

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