The Plain at Gennevilliers, Group of Poplars (1883) by Gustave Caillebotte

The Plain at Gennevilliers, Group of Poplars - Gustave Caillebotte - 1883

Artwork Information

TitleThe Plain at Gennevilliers, Group of Poplars
ArtistGustave Caillebotte
Dimensions54.3 x 65 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Plain at Gennevilliers, Group of Poplars

“The Plain at Gennevilliers, Group of Poplars” is an oil on canvas landscape painting by Gustave Caillebotte, dated 1883. This work embodies the Impressionist movement, measuring 54.3 by 65 cm. The artwork is part of a private collection and showcases Caillebotte’s distinctive interpretation of a rural landscape.

In the artwork, the viewer is presented with an expansive view of a field under an open sky. The painting conveys the subtle interaction of light and color inherent to the Impressionist style. A cluster of tall poplar trees stands prominently on the right, acting as a natural vertical accent in the otherwise horizontal composition. They cast slight shadows on the sun-drenched ground, hinting at the time of day the scene captures.

The fore and middle ground of the landscape are characterized by flowing fields with varied hues, suggesting the presence of wildflowers and differing crops or grasses swaying in the breeze. The brushwork is visibly loose and dynamic, with quick, dappled strokes creating the effect of shimmering light and atmosphere that was central to the goals of Impressionist painters. The color palette is rich yet understated, with the greens, yellows, and touches of pink and purple conveying both the vitality and the tranquility of the countryside.

In the distance, one can discern a hint of buildings or structures that provide a sense of scale and the proximity to human habitation. Despite this, the artwork is without figures, focusing instead on the natural beauty and serene expanse of the plain. The sky is swath against the canvas with faint blues and whites, adding to the lightness of the composition. Overall, the artwork is a vivid and emotive depiction of the rural landscape at Gennevilliers, capturing a moment of everyday beauty in nature with the distinctive touch of one of the masters of Impressionism.

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