Man on a Balcony (1880) by Gustave Caillebotte

Man on a Balcony - Gustave Caillebotte - c.1880

Artwork Information

TitleMan on a Balcony
ArtistGustave Caillebotte
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions116 x 97 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Man on a Balcony

The artwork titled “Man on a Balcony” is an oil on canvas painting by Gustave Caillebotte, created circa 1880. It falls under the Impressionism art movement and is categorized as a genre painting. Measuring 116 x 97 cm, it reflects Caillebotte’s unique perspective on urban life during his time. This piece is housed in a private collection, reflecting the exclusive accessibility to this notable work.

In “Man on a Balcony,” Caillebotte captures a moment in everyday Parisian life. The central figure is depicted leaning on the balcony railing, his posture relaxed as he gazes out toward the sprawling cityscape. His attire appears to be of a bourgeois gentleman, typical of the time, and his face bears an expression of contemplation.

The artist employs loose brushstrokes that are characteristic of the Impressionist style, creating a sense of movement and vibrancy in the urban setting below. The background features the distinctive architecture of Paris, with the neatly arranged buildings bathed in the soft light that suggests a late afternoon. The play of light and shadow, along with the elevated perspective, gives the painting a sense of depth and realism despite the impressionistic technique. The balcony itself seems to serve as a divide between the private sphere of the individual and the bustling public life of the city.

Caillebotte’s skillful use of perspective and his detailed rendering of the urban environment make “Man on a Balcony” a compelling example of the themes explored by Impressionist painters, such as the effects of light, the atmosphere of the modern city, and the transient moments of daily life.

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