Young Peasant Eating an Apple (c.1894) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Young Peasant Eating an Apple - Pierre-Auguste Renoir - c.1894

Artwork Information

TitleYoung Peasant Eating an Apple
ArtistPierre-Auguste Renoir
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Young Peasant Eating an Apple

The artwork titled “Young Peasant Eating an Apple” was created by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, an esteemed artist affiliated with the Impressionism movement. Dated circa 1894, this oil on canvas piece is recognized as a sketch and study genre work. It is housed in a private collection, not on public display.

The artwork presents a solitary figure, presumably a young peasant, engaged in the simple act of eating an apple. Rendered with soft, loosely applied brushstrokes characteristic of Impressionism, the subject is depicted amidst a backdrop of verdant tones that suggest an outdoor setting, possibly within a garden or orchard. A play of light and color conveys a sense of immediacy and the fleeting nature of the moment, capturing the transient effects of sunlight and shade.

The figure’s attire is modest and indicative of a working-class individual; the headscarf and apron are distinguishing elements that define the subject’s social status and occupation. Renoir’s use of vibrant hues, along with the blurred, almost dreamlike edges, contributes to a sense of movement and life within the composition. Despite being a study, this piece embodies the artist’s talent for depicting everyday life with both empathy and aesthetic appeal, revealing why Renoir remains a venerated figure in art history.

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