The Perpiniere Barracks (1878) by Gustave Caillebotte

The Perpiniere Barracks - Gustave Caillebotte - 1878

Artwork Information

TitleThe Perpiniere Barracks
ArtistGustave Caillebotte
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Perpiniere Barracks

The artwork titled “The Perpiniere Barracks” was created by the artist Gustave Caillebotte in the year 1878. This piece is executed in oil on canvas, and it embodies the essence of the Impressionism art movement. As a cityscape, it captures the urban atmosphere of the time and is currently held in a private collection.

The artwork elegantly portrays an urban scene soaked in warm, golden hues that suggest a late afternoon light. The perspective employed leads the viewer’s gaze down a Parisian boulevard lined with stately buildings, which are characterized by soft, almost hazy edges that contribute to the illusory quality typical of Impressionist works. The architecture is depicted with a balance of detail and looseness that allows the essence of the structures to emerge without rigid definition.

On the left side, the silhouettes of two figures stand in the foreground, contributing to the sense of scale and the everyday nature of the scene. Their indistinct features are congruent with the overall impressionistic technique, which focuses more on the play of light and general impressions than on fine details. In the middle distance, a horse and cart are just another part of the lively yet tranquil urban tapestry, suggesting the movement and commerce of city life. The soft brushstrokes and the muted palette create an atmosphere that is at once dynamic and serene, inviting contemplation of a fleeting moment captured in time.

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