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Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Vase of Flowers (Vase de fleurs ), c. 1889

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About the Artwork

In this informal still life, Renoir captured a bouquet of plush petals in an exuberant riot of pink and yellow brushstrokes. As he revealed to Julie Manet, Renoir saw still lifes as a means to practice painting quickly. The implication that they served as a kind of technical exercise is reinforced by Renoir's description of a sketch of roses as "research of flesh-tones for a nude." Profit was another impetus for these works, as the majority of still lifes produced by the artist between the 1860s and 1880 found ready buyers in the commercial art market.

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