Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums,

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1881-82, Oil on canvas, 54.8 x 65.8 cm (21 5/8 x 25 7/8 in)

 

“I just let my brain rest when I paint flowers,

” Pierre-Auguste Renoir remarked. “I do not experience the same tension as I do when confronted by the model. When I am painting flowers, I set the tones. I do not dare do this with a piece of fear of ruining it.

Permanent collection label, Art Institute of Chicago

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