Apples in a Dish

Ripe red and green apples fill a large bowl, its brilliant blue color and white edges serving as the focus of the composition. While most of the fruit is fresh and ready to eat, the apple in the foreground shows unmistakable signs of decay, a detail uncharacteristic of the artist. This was the last painting by Renoir acquired by the Clarks, just four years before they opened their museum in Williamstown.


The artist, sold to Durand-Ruel, 9 Sept. 1885, as Nature morte pommes; [Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1885–1926, sold to Coburn, 30 Mar. 1926]; Annie Swan Coburn, Chicago (1926–d. 1932, bequeathed to the Fogg); Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Mass. (1934–51, sold to Levy, 11 Apr. 1951); [John Levy Galleries, New York, in 1951, sold to Knoedler]; [Knoedler, New York, sold to Clark, 19 May 1951]; Robert Sterling Clark (1951–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

French, 1841–1919

Apples in a Dish


Oil on canvas

21 5/16 x 25 11/16 in. (54.1 x 65.3 cm) Frame: 32 5/8 x 36 3/4 in. (82.9 x 93.3 cm)

Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1951