Gustave Caillebotte - La Seine á Argenteuil (1882) - oil on canvas - 60x74cm

Gustave Caillebotte – La Seine á Argenteuil (1882) – oil on canvas – 60x74cm

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.

Gustave Caillebotte - La Seine à Argenteuil, bateaux au mouillage (1883) - oil on canvas - 60x73cm

Gustave Caillebotte – La Seine à Argenteuil, bateaux au mouillage (1883) – oil on canvas – 60x73cm

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.

Gustave Caillebotte - Le bassin d'Argenteuil (1882) - oil on canvas - 65.5x81cm

Gustave Caillebotte – Le bassin d’Argenteuil (1882) – oil on canvas – 65.5x81cm

For more on Gustave Caillebotte see my post  Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894)

 

Gustave Caillebotte - Le pont d'Argenteuil et la Seine (1883) - oil on canvas - 65.5x82cm

Gustave Caillebotte – Le pont d’Argenteuil et la Seine (1883) – oil on canvas – 65.5x82cm

 

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