Luncheon (1876) by Gustave Caillebotte

Luncheon - Gustave Caillebotte - 1876

Artwork Information

ArtistGustave Caillebotte
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions52 x 75 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Luncheon

“Luncheon” is a remarkable artwork created by the esteemed artist Gustave Caillebotte in the year 1876. This oil on canvas masterpiece measures 52 by 75 centimeters and is a genre painting, which depicts a scene from everyday life. It is an exemplar of the Impressionist movement and is presently held in a private collection.

The artwork in question presents a genteel indoor dining scene where a group of individuals is engaged in an intimate luncheon. The composition lays focus on a meticulously set table adorned with crystal glasses, silverware, and decorative dinnerware that captures and reflects the light, contributing to the luminosity of the scene. The attention to detail in rendering the translucency of the glass and the reflective properties of the metallic surfaces is evident. The figures, represented with restraint and subtlety, include both seated and standing individuals who appear absorbed in their meal and conversation. The dining room is characterized by rich, dark tones, which enhance the contrast with the well-lit table setting. The interior is enriched by detailing such as the patterned carpet, the ornate furniture, and a buffet adorned with ceramics and other objects adding to the sense of opulence and comfort. The use of light filtering through the curtains creates a play of shadows and highlights, which is characteristic of the Impressionist preoccupation with the effects of light and atmosphere. Overall, “Luncheon” captures the essence of a refined, bourgeois life during the late 19th century with a sensitivity and finesse that is characteristic of Caillebotte’s oeuvre.

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