Perissoires (1878) by Gustave Caillebotte

Perissoires - Gustave Caillebotte - 1878

Artwork Information

ArtistGustave Caillebotte
MediumOil On Canvas
Dimensions155 x 108 cm
Current LocationMusee Des Beaux-arts, Rennes

About Perissoires

Gustave Caillebotte’s Perissoires sur L’Yerres” (Flat-Bottom Canoes on the Yerres)” is a painting that was exhibited at the fourth impressionist exhibition in 1879. The artwork depicts canoes on the Yerres river, with a calm and peaceful atmosphere created by the artist’s use of muted colors and smooth brushstrokes. Caillebotte was a member of the group of artists known as Impressionists, and he captured their signature style through his use of light and shadow.

Caillebotte had an early interest in photography as an art form, which influenced his paintings. His focus on composition and framing is evident in this artwork’s unique synthesis between Impressionist-style brushwork and academic elements. The use of veristic detailing counterpoints with sensuous patches of color to create an image that both describes and captures life’s vibrancy.

Caillebotte created another related painting titled “On the Pont de l’Europe”. Additionally, he made a series of paintings focusing on swimmers, fishermen, rowers, and canoers during his career as an artist. His still life paintings primarily focused on food and floral still-life that are realistic renderings often unexpected in their compositional format.”

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