Vase of Chrysanthemums (c.1880 – 1882) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Vase of Chrysanthemums - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c.1880 - 1882

Artwork Information

TitleVase of Chrysanthemums
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Datec.1880 - 1882
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Vase of Chrysanthemums

The artwork “Vase of Chrysanthemums” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir dates from circa 1880 to 1882. It is an oil on canvas painting, residing in a private collection. As a work of the Impressionism movement, it represents the genre of flower painting, capturing the ephemeral qualities of light and color through the artist’s distinct brushwork.

In this piece, Renoir lavishes attention on the lush, blooming chrysanthemums that fill the frame with their vibrant hues. The flowers are arranged informally within a blue vase embellished with motifs, which is situated against a muted background that allows the varied pigmentation of the chrysanthemums to stand out. Renoir’s application of paint is loose and expressive, conveying the dynamic textures of the petals and the foliage with impressionistic flair. There is a palpable sense of life and natural beauty in the composition, which is indicative of the artist’s fascination with capturing the fleeting effects of light on color. This approach is emblematic of the Impressionist desire to document sensory experiences over replicating reality with minute precision.

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