Man at the Window (1875) by Gustave Caillebotte

Man at the Window - Gustave Caillebotte - 1875

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TitleMan at the Window
ArtistGustave Caillebotte
Dimensions82 x 117 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Man at the Window

The artwork entitled “Man at the Window” is a distinguished piece by artist Gustave Caillebotte, created in the year 1875. This oil on canvas masterpiece measures 82 by 117 centimeters and is currently held in a private collection. It is conceived within the Impressionist movement, presenting as a genre painting that captures a moment of everyday life with a distinct atmosphere and style characteristic of the period.

The artwork portrays a rear view of a man standing at a window, gazing out onto an urban scene. The subject’s attention appears to be directed outward, though the content of his contemplation remains concealed from the observer. The scene details a Parisian streetscape, perhaps indicative of the transformations Paris was undergoing during that era, with Haussmann’s renovation of the city.

The masterful interplay of light and shadow reveals the texture of the interior and the architectural details outside. The man’s black attire contrasts starkly with the light, airy exterior, drawing the eye to the difference between the indoor and outdoor environments. The balcony, with its traditional French balustrade, frames the view, leading the observer’s gaze alongside the man’s into the bustling street beyond, which is delicately rendered in the hazy luminosity characteristic of the Impressionist technique. This convergence of private and public spheres evokes a sense of both intimacy and expansiveness, as the viewer is offered a glimpse into both the man’s world and the larger urban context of Paris.

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