- Pierre-Auguste Renoir
- Vase de roses
- Signed Renoir (lower right)
- Oil on canvas
Carstairs Gallery, New York (acquired from the estate of the above)
Acquired from the above on February 4, 1952
Created with careful attention to light and shadow, Vase de roses exhibits the artist’s ability to replicate the pure luxuriance of a floral arrangement. As was the case for many Impressionist painters, Renoir rejected the trompe l’oeil techniques that had been utilized by artists for centuries, and instead he drew upon his own creative ingenuity and his initial impressions of the scene at hand. Few artists of his generation would approach any subject with the richness and sensitivity that is demonstrated in his floral pictures. Renoir once said of his still lifes, "What seems to me most significant about our movement [Impressionism] is that we have freed painting from the importance of the subject. I am at liberty to paint flowers and call them flowers, without their needing to tell a story" (quoted in Peter Mitchell, European Flower Painters, London, 1973, pp. 211-12).