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Strawberry Paintings Forever

Magda Michalska 1 July 2019 min Read

Strawberries are in season! There are very few who dislike them, I know only two such people. I love everything about them, from texture, to smell, to taste. Painters also love the way they look, red and tiny they make the perfect object to study for still lives. Enjoy the feast!


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


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


Strawberry Paintings
Lucian Freud, Strawberries, 1952, private collection.

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 a 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).


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


Strawberry Paintings
Felix Vallotton, Flowers and strawberries, 1920, private collection.


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

From the 1900s Renoir lived in the Midi region in Southern France, in Cagnes-sur-Mer he built a house in 1908. His failing health constraint him to a chair, but he didn't stop to paint and focused on small format canvases of still lives.


Strawberry Paintings
Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, Still life with roses, strawberries, and bread, 1827, Belvedere, Vienna, Austria.


Strawberry Paintings
Edouard Manet, Strawberries, ca. 1882, The MET, New York City, US.

During the summer of 1882 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.


Strawberry Paintings
Adriaen Coorte, Still Life with Strawberries, 1705, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


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

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

If you feel like continuing your seasonal painting feast, go for asparagus!


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