Mixed Flowers in an Earthenware Pot

about 1869
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919)


64.8 x 54.3 cm (25 1/2 x 21 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on paperboard mounted on canvas

On View

Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Visitor Center (130.10)





In this rustic arrangement of dahlias, asters, and sunflowers, Renoir applied paint in two different ways, conveying the delicacy of petals with short, wet strokes and the solidity of the earthenware pot and burnished pears with broader, smoother brushwork. The picture marks Renoir’s closest collaboration with Monet; the young artists painted the same still life, sitting side by side before the arrangement. Monet’s version of the composition is now in the J. Paul Getty Museum.


Lower right: Renoir


1891, M. Duze; May 14, 1891, sold by Duze to Durand-Ruel, Paris; March 30, 1897, transferred from Durand-Ruel, Paris, to Durand-Ruel, New York; January 6, 1925, sold by Durand-Ruel, New York, to John Taylor Spaulding (b. 1870 - d. 1948), Boston; 1948, bequest of John Taylor Spaulding to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 3, 1948)

Credit Line

Bequest of John T. Spaulding