The Painter under His Parasol (c.1878) by Gustave Caillebotte

The Painter under His Parasol - Gustave Caillebotte - c.1878

Artwork Information

TitleThe Painter under His Parasol
ArtistGustave Caillebotte
Dimensions80 x 65 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Painter under His Parasol

“The Painter under His Parasol” is a notable work by Gustave Caillebotte, dating from circa 1878. This oil on canvas painting measures 80 by 65 centimeters and is a fine example of genre painting within the Impressionist movement. Currently, the artwork belongs to a private collection.

The artwork depicts an individual seated in a natural setting, taking shade under an expansive parasol. The dominant figure appears deeply engrossed in their endeavor, likely painting, as suggested by the title. They are dressed in light attire suitable for outdoor activity, with a straw hat providing additional protection against the sunlight. The neutral tones of the clothing contrast with the vibrant greens of the grass and foliage, as well as the dappled light that filters through the leaves, casting intricate patterns on the figure and the ground.

The parasol occupies a significant portion of the painting; its surface catches shards of light, adding a sense of realism to the scene and evoking the outdoor atmosphere integral to the Impressionist genre. A canine companion is present, resting behind the seated figure, reinforcing the serene and contemplative mood of the scene. Overall, the painting captures an ordinary moment with a sense of immediacy and a focus on the interplay of light and color, hallmarks of Impressionist art.

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