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Still Life with Strawberries

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

European Art

Still-life paintings often suggest a human presence, implying the viewer’s bodily relationship to a tabletop and investing inanimate objects with emotion. Pierre-Auguste Renoir made still-life paintings throughout his career for financial reasons (they were easy to sell), to explore color combinations, and to complement his figural compositions, which themselves often feature still-life elements. He once told his dealer that his studies of roses were “research into flesh tones for a nude.” Here, his rounded, lushly painted strawberries in a dish on a white cloth also recall the rosy flesh of his female nudes.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1914
    DIMENSIONS 9 5/8 × 17 5/8 in. (24.4 × 44.8 cm) frame: 14 7/8 × 22 × 1 1/2 in. (37.8 × 55.9 × 3.8 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "Renoir."
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Alexander M. Bing
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Limoges, France, 1841–1919, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France). Still Life with Strawberries, 1914. Oil on canvas, 9 5/8 × 17 5/8 in. (24.4 × 44.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Alexander M. Bing, 60.29 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 60.29_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 60.29_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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