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Strawberry Paintings Forever

Magda Michalska 19 April 2024 min Read

There are very few who dislike strawberries. I love everything about them, from texture, to smell, and taste. Painters also love the way they look, red and tiny they make the perfect object to study for still lifes. Enjoy the feast!

1. Katsushika Hokusai

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Katsushika Hokusai, Swallow and Begonia and Strawberry Pie, 1834, Guimet Museum, Paris, France.

Here you can read the story of Katsushika Hokusai’s famous The Great Wave in greater detail!

2. Marc Chagall

Strawberry Paintings: Marc Chagall, Strawberries Bella and Ida at the Table, 1916, private collection. WikiArt.
Marc Chagall, Strawberries Bella and Ida at the Table, 1916, private collection. WikiArt. 

Would you believe that this work was painted by Marc Chagall? He is best known for his dreamy and surreal visions of childhood.

3. Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud, Strawberries, 1952, private collection. Sotheby's.
Lucian Freud, Strawberries, 1952, private collection. Sotheby’s.

Lucian Freud painted this life-size strawberry still life at the height of his fascination with the Old Masters. Indeed, he was so passionate that the then-director of the National Gallery, Neil MacGregor, granted him 24/7 access so that he could enjoy the peace and quiet with his easel after midnight. This work was painted as a gift to Ann Rothermere who was Freud’s patron and close friend. So close that Rothermere’s lover, Ian Fleming, was jealous, but then they married in 1952.

4. Zinaida Serebriakova

Zinaida Serebriakova, Still life with Asparagus and Strawberries, 1932, Taganrog Art Museum, Taganrog, Russia.

Zinaida Serebriakova was one of the very first women artists with academic accomplishments in Russia. Read here the story of this brilliant artist and her works.

5. Felix Vallotton

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Felix Vallotton, Flowers and Strawberries, 1920, private collection. WikiArt.

Felix Vallotton was the main artist representing Les Nabis, a group of French artists active in Paris in the years 1888-1900.

6. Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Strawberries, 1905, Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, France.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Strawberries, 1905, Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris, France.

From the 1900s, Pierre- Auguste Renoir lived in the Midi region in Southern France, in Cagnes-sur-Mer, where he built a house in 1908. His failing health constrained him to a chair but he didn’t stop painting, focusing on small format canvases of still lifes.

7. Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller

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Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, Still Life with Roses, Strawberries, and Bread, 1827, Austrian Gallery Belvedere, Vienna, Austria.

Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller was an Austrian painter who represented the Biedermeier period – artistic era of Central Europe (mostly Germany) that emphasized growing middle class in Europe.

8. Edouard Manet

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Edouard Manet, Strawberries, ca. 1882, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA.

During the summer of 1882, Edouard Manet lived in Rueil, near Paris, in a house with a garden from which he painted many views. He sadly had to limit himself, ill and old he managed to paint mostly small-scale studies of objects.

9. Adriaen Coorte

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Adriaen Coorte, Wild Strawberries on a Ledge, 1704, private collection. Sotheby’s.

Adriaen Coorte is known for the most beautiful renderings of fruit and vegetables in art history! You can recognize his still lifes through his distinctive style painted in miniature format, depicting delicious looking food on a ledge against a dark and clear background. Very poetic, isn’t it?

10. Louise Moillon

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Louise Moillon, Still Life with Cherries, Strawberries and Gooseberries, 1630, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA, USA.

Louise Moillon was a French still-life painter in France whose specialty was the detailed and realistic rendering of fruit. She painted this marvelous painting when she was only 20 years old!

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