The Seine at Argenteuil became a French middle class summer playground in the second half of the nineteenth century, especially for vacationers from Paris, which was only a short distance away by train. It was also a mecca for the impressionist painters. Monet, Renoir, Manet, and Sisley all painted there.
As well, it was the playground for the independently wealthy artist, Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894). His paintings of the river are a match for Monet’s, as iconic examples of impressionist art, providing a brilliant memoir of sunny days.
Caillebotte’s interest in yachting preoccupied him in the last decade of his life. The painting at the top includes two of his yachts. He became a very successful competitor in the sport, as well as being involved in their design and building.
He was a friend and supporter of the Impressionists and was a master impressionist himself, participating in many of their group exhibitions.
For more on Gustave Caillebotte see my post Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894)
Some Earlier Posts