Florals and Still Lifes
Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919). Still Life with Flowers and Prickly Pears, ca. 1885. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Catherine Vance Gaisman, 2010 (2010.454) | Featuring an autumnal bouquet and Cézannesque arrangement of prickly pears, this still life demonstrates how Renoir sought to combine the luminosity of Impressionism with a greater degree of classicism, prompting him to explore techniques that would emulate the dry, light colors of Italian frescoes.
Camille Pissarro (French, 1830–1903). Still Life with Apples and Pitcher, 1872. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Bernhard Gift, by exchange, 1983 (1983.166) | Unlike Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, and other artists in his circle, Pissarro painted few still lifes, most late in his career. This work of 1872 is, therefore, exceptional for its subject, as well as for its clearly expressed forms and subtle manipulation of light.