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Still Life with Peaches

Artist:
Auguste Renoir (French, Limoges 1841–1919 Cagnes-sur-Mer)
Date:
1881
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
21 x 25 1/2 in. (53.3 x 64.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Stephen C. Clark, 1960
Accession Number:
61.101.12
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 824
Reviewers of the 1882 Impressionist exhibition were dazzled by this "very appealing" still life of "a certain fruit bowl of 'Peaches,' whose velvety execution verges on a trompe l'oeil." Painted the previous summer at the country house of Renoir’s patron Paul Berard, it is one of two still lifes that feature the same faïence jardinière; the other version also belongs to the Metropolitan Museum (56.218).
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): Renoir. 81.
?Paul Berard, Paris and Wargemont; [André Schoeller, Paris, about 1920s/30s]; [Raphael Gérard and Jacques Lindon, Paris]; Haviland collection; [Mme Paul Guillaume, Paris and Jacques Seligmann, New York, 1936; Guillaume sold to Seligmann, who sold on December 30 to Clark]; Stephen C. Clark, New York (1936–61)
Paris. Salons du panorama de Reischoffen. "7me exposition des artistes indépendants [7th Impressionist exhibition]," ?March 1–31, 1882, no. 159 (as "Les pêches").

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Renoir: A Special Exhibition of His Paintings," May 18–September 12, 1937, no. 35 (as "Still Life—Peaches," lent by Stephen C. Clark).

New York. Duveen Galleries. "Renoir, Centennial Loan Exhibition, 1841-1941," November 8–December 6, 1941, no. 37 (as "Les pêches [Peaches]").

New York. Coordinating Council of French Relief Societies. "Jardin d'été," May 3–31, 1944, unnum. checklist (as "Les Peches [sic]," lent by Stephen C. Clark).

New York. Century Association. "Paintings from the Stephen C. Clark Collection," June 6–September 28, 1946, unnum. checklist (as "Still Life Peaches").

New York. Paul Rosenberg & Co. "Delacroix and Renoir," February 16–March 13, 1948, no. 17 (as "Les pêches [Peaches]," lent by Mr. Stephen C. Clark).

New York. M. Knoedler & Co. "A Collectors Taste: Selections from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen C. Clark," January 12–30, 1954, no. 16 (as "Nature morte").

New Haven. Yale University Art Gallery. "Pictures Collected by Yale Alumni," May 8–June 18, 1956, no. 105 (as "Still Life — Peaches," lent by Stephen C. Clark).

New York. Wildenstein. "Renoir," April 8–May 10, 1958, no. 29 (as "Still Life with Peaches," lent by Mr. Stephen C. Clark).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paintings from Private Collections: Summer Loan Exhibition," July 1–September 1, 1958, no. 112 (as "Peaches," lent by Stephen C. Clark).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paintings from Private Collections: Summer Loan Exhibition," July 7–September 7, 1959, no. 88.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paintings from Private Collections: Summer Loan Exhibition," July 6–September 4, 1960, no. 93 (as "Peaches," lent by Stephen C. Clark).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "French Paintings from the Bequest of Stephen Clark," October 17, 1961–January 7, 1962, no catalogue [not mentioned in press release but probably included in exhibition].

Williamstown, Mass. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. "The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings," June 4–September 4, 2006, no. 344.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "The Masterpieces of French Painting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1800–1920," February 4–May 6, 2007, no. 100.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings," May 22–August 19, 2007, no. 344.

Miyagi Museum of Art. "Renoir: Image of Color".

Jacques de Biez. "Les petits salons: Les 'Indépendants'." Paris (March 8, 1882), p. 2 [see Ref. Berson 1996].

La Fare. "Exposition des impressionistes." Le Gaulois (March 2, 1882), p. 2.

Armand Sallanches. "L'exposition des artistes indépendants." Le Journal des arts (March 3, 1882), p. 1 [see Ref. Berson 1996].

Exposition de tableaux de Monet, Pissarro, Renoir & Sisley. Exh. cat., Durand-Ruel. Paris, 1899, unpaginated, no. 76, erroneously dates it 1879.

Josephine L. Allen. "Paintings by Renoir." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 32 (May 1937), p. 112.

Maurice Berard. Maitres du XIXe siècle: Renoir à Wargemont. Paris, 1938, pp. 12–13.

James W. Lane. "Thirty-three Masterpieces in a Modern Collection: Mr. Stephen C. Clark's Paintings by American and European Masters." Art News Annual 37 (February 25, 1939), pp. 133, 146, ill.

A Collector's Taste: Selections from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen C. Clark. Exh. cat., M. Knoedler & Co. New York, 1954, unpaginated, no. 16, ill.

Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 3, XIX–XX Centuries. New York, 1967, p. 154, ill.

Margaretta M. Salinger. "Windows Open to Nature." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 27 (Summer 1968), unpaginated, ill., calls the container a delftware jardinière of glazed faïence.

Elda Fezzi. L'opera completa di Renoir. [reprint ed., 1981]. Milan, 1972, pp. 109–10, no. 473, ill.

Anthea Callen. Renoir. London, 1978, pp. 72–73, pl. 54, dates it July 1881, when Renoir was in Wargemont.

Charles S. Moffett. Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1985, p. 167, ill. in color, suggests that the slightly different positions of the jardinière here and in MMA 56.218 indicate that they were conceived independently, rather than as pendants or earlier and later versions; notes that whereas the concentration of colors here is on red, yellows, and greens, those in the other painting are whites and blues.

Ruth Berson, ed. "Documentation: Volume I, Reviews and Volume II, Exhibited Works." The New Painting: Impressionism 1874–1886. San Francisco, 1996, vol. 1, pp. 377, 380–81, 400, 412; vol. 2, pp. 211–12, 232, no. VII-159, ill.

Sarah Lees in The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings. Exh. cat., Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, Mass., 2006, pp. 315, 341, no. 344.

Richard Rand in The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings. Exh. cat., Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, Mass., 2006, pp. 262–63 n. 12, ill. pp. 230–31, fig. 192 (color, overall and detail).

Susan Alyson Stein in The Masterpieces of French Painting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1800–1920. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. New York, 2007, pp. 138–39, 252–53, no. 100, ill. (color and black and white).

Susan Alyson Stein in Masterpieces of European Painting, 1800–1920, in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, pp. 155, 298–99, no. 144, ill. (color and black and white).

Guy-Patrice Dauberville, and Michel Dauberville, with Camille Fremontier-Murphy. Renoir: Catalogue raisonné des tableaux, pastels, dessins et aquarelles. Vol. 1, 1858–1881. Paris, 2007, pp. 136–37, no. 45, ill.

Stefan Koldehoff. Ich und van Gogh: Bilder, Sammler und ihre abenteuerlichen Geschichten. Berlin, 2015, ill. p. 74 (photograph of Clark's children's playroom with this picture hanging alongside Renoir's "Tilla Durieux" (MMA 61.101.13) and Cézanne's "The Pool at the Jas de Bouffan" (MMA 61.101.5)).



This work is similar to the "Still Life with Peaches and Grapes" (MMA 56.218), which was also painted in 1881 at Wargemont, near Dieppe, the home of Renoir's friend Paul Berard.
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