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Renoir painted still lifes throughout his career. Here he delights in playing off the warm yellows and oranges of the fruit against the deep green leaves, and the colder white and blue of the cup and saucer. Each object is described with quick, free, fluid strokes of paint. This tiny oil positively vibrates with warmth and light. In the last years of Renoir's life, when this work was painted, he was badly afflicted by arthritis and found it easier to work on small canvases like this.
oil on canvas
H 15.9 x W 25.4 cm
bequeathed by William McInnes, 1944