Renoir painted this casual arrangement of onions and garlic piled on crumpled cloth during a visit to Naples in 1881. Clear light and fluid brushstrokes define the onions’ round, solid forms and capture the shiny, papery quality of their skins. Sterling Clark often stated that this was his favorite of the many paintings by Renoir in his collection.


The artist, sold to Durand-Ruel, Paris, 22 May 1882; possibly Madeleine and Charles Haviland, Limoges; Dr. Jacques Soubies, sold to Durand-Ruel, 29 Dec. 1921; [Durand-Ruel, Paris, sold to Clark, 6 Apr. 1922]; Robert Sterling Clark (1922–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

French, 1841–1919



Oil on canvas

15 3/8 x 23 7/8 in. (39.1 x 60.6 cm) Frame: 25 x 35 1/4 x 2 7/8 in. (63.5 x 89.5 x 7.3 cm)

Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1922