Still Life with Strawberries
On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
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.
Oil on canvas
9 5/8 x 17 5/8 in. (24.4 x 44.8 cm)
Frame: 13 3/4 x 21 7/8 x 1 3/4 in. (34.9 x 55.6 x 4.4 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left: "Renoir."
Bequest of Alexander M. Bing
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919). Still Life with Strawberries, 1914. Oil on canvas, 9 5/8 x 17 5/8 in. (24.4 x 44.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Alexander M. Bing, 60.29 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 60.29_SL1.jpg)
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