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Auguste Renoir

Still Life with Melon and Peaches

Artist

Auguste Renoir
Limoges 1841 – Cagnes-sur-Mer 1919

Title

Still Life with Melon and Peaches

Date

1905

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

32.7 x 46.3 cm

Credits

Gift of David J. Azrieli, C.M., C.Q., M. Arch. and Stephanie Azrieli, inv. 2001.220

Collection

Western Art

At the end of his life, 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, the careful handling and the apparent simplicity of the composition refer to eighteenth-century painters, Chardin in particular.

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