Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919)
oil on fabric, Framed: 93.03 x 82.23 x 9.52 cm (36 5/8 x 32 5/16 x 3 11/16 inches); Unframed: 65.80 x 54.50 cm (25 7/8 x 21 7/16 inches). Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1958.47
This painting depicts a young country girl offering apples to Renoir's wife, Aline. The boy in the straw hat may be the artist's nephew, Edmond, but the young girl with the ribbon in her hair has not been identified. Bathed in soft, dappled sunlight, the figures are united through the fluid brushstrokes that cover the canvas. The leaping dog provides an accent of humor and motion in an otherwise tranquil scene. The picture was probably completed as Essoyes, in eastern France.