Strawberries (1914) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Strawberries - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - 1914

Artwork Information

ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Strawberries

The artwork titled “Strawberries” was created by the renowned artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in the year 1914. The medium used for this piece was oil on canvas, a choice material for many artists of the time. As a product of the Impressionist movement, which emphasized the portrayal of light and color over precise detail, the piece reflects the aesthetic sensibilities characteristic of this influential art period. Renoir’s “Strawberries” falls into the genre of still life, a form that focuses on inanimate subjects, often arranged with a blend of natural and artificial elements. Currently, this piece is located within a private collection, signifying that it is under the ownership of an individual or a non-public institution, and therefore not on constant public display.

In “Strawberries,” the artist has chosen a seemingly simple subject yet rendered it with a vivacious and dynamic touch. The artwork captures the lush reds and vibrant yellows of the strawberries, showcasing them as plump and ripe, ready to be savored. The fruits are haphazardly arranged, some tumbling out of alignment, which creates a sense of casual abundance. The leaves and stems possess varying degrees of green, from deep, rich shades to lighter, more yellow-tinted hues, suggesting both freshness and the passage of time. The background and surface upon which the strawberries rest are executed with loose, rapid brushstrokes, common in Impressionist work. This technique allows the subject matter to stand out against a muted, nondescript environment, drawing the viewer’s attention directly to the radiant fruit. Renoir’s mastery of color and light, combined with his signature brushwork, give the strawberries a tactile quality that almost reaches beyond the canvas into the space of the beholder.

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