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Pierre-Auguste Renoir

French, 1841–1919



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.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 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)
Object Number 1955.588
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1922
Status On View

Image Caption

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Onions, 1881, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.588.


Lees, Sarah, ed. Nineteenth-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; New Haven and London: distributed by Yale University Press, 2012.


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.