Limoges 1841 – Cagnes-sur-Mer 1919
Still Life with Melon and Peaches
Oil on canvas
32.7 x 46.3 cm
Gift of David J. Azrieli, C.M., C.Q., M. Arch. and Stephanie Azrieli, inv. 2001.220
At the end of his life, Auguste Renoir produced still lifes that were both pleasing and lucrative. These works were always composed simply, with a head-on view on a horizontal plane. Here, the large melon and the peaches are arranged very casually on a tablecloth, and rapidly executed in the luminous fluidity of his later works, when he settled in Cagnes. The refined colouring, careful handling and apparent simplicity of the composition refer to eighteenth-century painters, in particular Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin.