A still life exploring the various textures of the mandarin half peeled, skin lying behind it. I really enjoyed painting these, and the rich oranges which I get to use so scarcely in my work. This is one of two painting based on this fruit.
Never sure which name to use, Mandarin? Clementine? or tangerine. So i did some research and found this out:
Mandarins originated in China, hence the name. China is by far the largest grower and consumer in the world, with over 12 million tons harvested each year.
Tangerines arrived in Europe in the 1800′s by way of North Africa, where a large varietal was grown in Morocco. Exported through the port of Tangier, the fruit became know as Tangerine.
The clementine fruit is small and seedless, and has become very popular in the US. As it is sterile (no seeds), shoots need to be grafted onto other varietals. This varietal was created by a French missionary in Algeria over 100 years ago. His name was Marie-Clement Rodier.
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