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Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Pears and Apples are one of the paintings done by Pierre-Auguste Renoir of his advanced stages of the impressionist painting

Pears and Apples is an impressionist painting done by Renoir in the year 1890. It is a painting of a still-life orientation. The painting like many other follows most of the techniques Renoir employed in most of his impressionist paintings.

Renoir unlike most of the artists he worked with was involved in both classical painting and impressionist painting. Pears and Apples form part of his collection of very popular impressionist paintings. The painting was done at a period when impressionist painting had gained a foundation and found favor among the masses.

Pears and Apples were a little bit different from Renoir’s other works as he was popular for his passion for female sensuality. Another area of the painting that was synonymous with Renoir was landscape painting. He had developed a passion for landscape painting from his tutor at art school Charles Gleyre, who was a very renowned landscape painter.

Pears and Apples just like many other of Renoir’s impressionist paintings pay a huge deal of attention to color and contrast. The painting depicts images of fruits and apples and pears that are with different colours. The blend of colour in this painting is phenomenal.

The painting, however, does not have a lot of light effects to it, an aspect that was always synonymous with impressionist painting of the time.

The setting involves the images of pears and apples place on what seems like a piece of white cloth. The background of the painting blends well with the colors of the fruits.

The alternate color of the fruits also creates a good balance of contrast for the painting by breaking the monotony. The painting has an aura of goodness and wellness.

Artists such as Renoir would lay the groundwork for all followed in the 20th century, such as surrealists like Rene Magritte whose best known works included The Son of Man, The Treachery of Images and Golconde.

Throughout his painting career was able to work with various artists. As a result of being involved in both classical and impressionist painting, he was able to interact with different types of artists of the time. Among the impressionist artists that he worked with are Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, and Frédéric Bazille. He also found inspiration in the works of other modern artists of the time such as Camille Pissarro and Edouard Manet. His art school teacher Charles Gleyre had also been a huge influence on his works, especially in his landscape paintings.

Renoir was able to produce a lot of impressive paintings both in classical and impressionist painting. Among his most notable paintings include: The Theatre Box - This painting, otherwise known as La loge was painted by Renoir between the year 1884 and 1887. The painting is one of Renoirs most popular pieces of impressionist paintings since it his main exhibit at the first impressionist painting exhibition in 1874. After the rejection of most of their paintings for being so unconventional, Renoir together with other like-minded painters put the impressionist painting exhibition in 1874. The painting depicts an elegantly dressed lady sitting close to a male companion.