Man on a Balcony, Boulevard Haussmann (1880) by Gustave Caillebotte

Man on a Balcony, Boulevard Haussmann - Gustave Caillebotte - 1880

Artwork Information

TitleMan on a Balcony, Boulevard Haussmann
ArtistGustave Caillebotte
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Man on a Balcony, Boulevard Haussmann

The artwork “Man on a Balcony, Boulevard Haussmann” is an oil on canvas masterpiece created by the artist Gustave Caillebotte in 1880. Embodying the ethos of the Impressionist movement, the painting is a genre piece that portrays a view from an urban residence. Currently held in a private collection, the artwork captures the essence of Parisian life during the late 19th century through its evocative use of light and shadow, as well as its attention to the details of daily existence.

This artwork depicts a man standing on a balcony overlooking the bustling Boulevard Haussmann, one of the wide avenues constructed under Haussmann’s renovation of Paris. The man is dressed elegantly in clothing typical of the era, including a tailcoat and top hat, suggesting that he is a figure of some sophistication or status. His back is turned to the viewer, which lends the composition a sense of intrigue and introspection. The balcony itself is adorned with intricate wrought iron railings and a potted plant, and the red-striped awning creates dramatic color contrasts with the golden hues of the buildings and the greenery below. The city stretches out in the background, rendered in a blur of Impressionist brushstrokes, encapsulating the vibrancy of Parisian city life with an air of momentary stillness.

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