Still Life with Strawberries (c.1905) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Still Life with Strawberries - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c.1905

Artwork Information

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

About Still Life with Strawberries

“Still Life with Strawberries” is an oil on canvas artwork created by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, a prominent figure in the Impressionism movement, circa 1905. This artwork falls under the genre of still life and, like many of Renoir’s pieces, provides a snapshot of simple beauty and the play of light, which are hallmarks of Impressionist art. The piece currently resides within a private collection.

The artwork showcases a series of strawberries artfully arranged across the center of the composition, their robust red hues vivid against the softer, textured backdrop. The strawberries are depicted with quick, passionate strokes, displaying both the freshness of the fruit and the immediacy characteristic of Renoir’s style. Accompanying the strawberries is a cup and saucer, delicately painted with a blue figurative design, contrasting with the organic forms of the strawberries. The porcelain’s reflective properties are suggested by highlights and subtle shading, further proving Renoir’s talent in rendering different materials and surfaces. The background seems almost in motion, with broad strokes and warm colors that suggest a sense of depth behind the still life arrangement. The tablecloth upon which the strawberries rest is rendered with lighter strokes, providing a luminous stage for the composition’s subject.

Overall, Renoir’s “Still Life with Strawberries” is a testament to the artist’s ability to capture the interplay of light and color, bringing the simple subject matter to life with his distinctive Impressionist touch.

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